BEREA, Ky. (FOX 56) – A lot of folks in several communities lost power Monday afternoon. It started around 11:00 a.m., and the lights came back on just before 2:00 p.m.
A spokesman for Kentucky Utilities says the problem was in a transmission line, which is the big voltage electric line carriers. The cause of the outage is still under investigation.
The power outage impacted nearly the entire city of Berea, causing major intersections to go dark, gas stations to shut down, and stores to temporarily close. It also impacted several rural areas all the way to Paint Lick, where Conn Wilson runs an auto service garage, and it ended his day early.
Just trying to stay cool on a hot day was a challenge.
“Well, it’s hot. Well we have been getting in and out of the car, driving around here a little bit this morning, just to get the air conditioning moving, but yeah, haven’t been doing much work, it is a little hot,” Wilson said.
KU’s spokesman says the outage impacted 350 customers, but keep in mind that Berea would be considered one customer because they have their own municipal electric system. Berea does have a population of more than 19,000 people.
KU says they received help from East Kentucky Power to restore power.