19k without electricity in western Kentucky

HENDERSON, Ky. (AP) -- Strong winds from the storm that began as Hurricane Ike brought down power lines and tree limbs in a broad swath up the Ohio Valley, hitting Kentucky hard.

Kenergy, which supplies electricity to much of western Kentucky reported Monday morning it had more than 19,000 customers without power.

Nearly 9,000 of them were in the Owensboro area in Daviess County, where county Judge Executive Reid Haire declared a state of emergency to facilitate assistance.

WCMT Radio in Martin, Tenn., quoted Hickman-Fulton Counties RECC manager Gregg Grissom as saying it could be three or four days before all power is restored in the westernmost counties of Kentucky.

Grissom said utility crews from Mississippi were coming in to help repair the power distribution system.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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