In Jan. 29 Issue
Before dawn Tuesday, homes were losing power to an ice storm that was sending tree limbs and power lines crashing down.
At its height, there were over 7,000 customers without service according to the two local electric utilities.
As the day passed, homes and businesses throughout Russell County were restored to full power as some in the counties to our north were still without.
More ice and snow were expected to cover the area Tuesday night, but instead the rain that had blanketed the county nearly all day continued through the night.
Between 1.5 and 2 inches had fallen by early afternoon Tuesday. By Wednesday morning that had increased to between 3 and 4 inches in the gauges around the county.
In 24 hours lake recorders showed a 1.5 foot increase in the lake level, with flood warnings out for much of the area and more rain, then snow forecast.
Schools were canceled both days locally, as they were in most counties in the state. Other counties, especially in areas around Hopkinsville and west, as well as north awoke Wednesday to wide-spread power outages, road closures and assorted ice related maladies, according to a release from the transportation cabinet Wednesday morning.