A storm that developed suddenly caused widespread damage and power outages across Harlan County on Tuesday.
Harlan County Emergency Management Director David McGill said no injuries were reported to his office, but there was some severe damage.
“We had trees down along with power outages,” said McGill. “We had a couple of trees that landed on a house on Airport Road.”
According to McGill, there were also some roads blocked by downed trees and other debris.
“The fire departments went out last night, along with the rescue squads, to make sure there were no life safety issues and everybody was OK,” said McGill. “Kentucky Utilities (KU) brought in extra resources to help with the power outages.”
McGill stated that KU has not given an exact time frame for all power to be restored. There were reports in some locations that power would be restored late Wednesday and not until late Thursday in other areas.
“The storm developed suddenly,” said McGill. “I had talked to Jackson Weather (National Weather Service) prior to the storm hitting. They indicated that we probably wouldn’t get anything until later that evening. They were just as shocked as everybody else when the storm did pop up.”
McGill said there were no tornadoes or straight line wins rep0rted.
According to McGill, approximately 3,742 KU customers in Harlan were still without power on Wednesday afternoon.
McGill pointed out that although the county does have multiple weather notification systems, residents still need other methods of receiving weather information.
“People also need to have weather radios, watch the weather on the news, that sort of thing, so everybody can stay informed,” said McGill.
Joe P. Asher may be reached at 606-573-4510, ext. 1161, of on Twitter #joe_hde