Jackson Purchase Energy working to restore power to thousands of customers

UPDATE: West Kentucky Rural Electric also has customers without power Thursday afternoon.

Georgann Lookofsky with West Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation says at 3:30 p.m., 700 members were without service. Lookofsky says the outages are because of trees or tree limbs that were taken down by high winds and hit power lines.

MCCRACKEN COUNTY, KY — The storm in west Kentucky means many of you are without power Thursday afternoon, and crews are working to get your lights back on.

Jackson Purchase Energy corporation says multiple transmission feeds from Big Rivers Electric were damaged by the storm, leaving as many as seven distribution substations were without power.

This screenshot shows power outages reported by JPEC as of the time of this report.

According to the outage map, 8,905 members were initially affected. As of about 2:38 p.m., the number of members without power is 4,259.

Greg Grissom with JPEC says all damage assessments engineers are out working on restoration. He says multiple utilities companies nearby that are without damage are responding to help JPEC crews.

Grissom says there will be extended outages where there are broken power poles. For example, the storm took down poles on Fisher Road by Barirport Pending other storm damage, it could take a few hours to assess. They’re starting with the transmission system and moving down to customers.

He asks  you to keep traffic to minimum in the area of Kentucky Oaks mall. The mall was damaged by the storm, and it is closed for the rest of the day Thursday.

The numbers of people affected by the power outages are fluctuating. To check the latest numbers from JPEC, visit outagemap.jpenergy.com:7575.

To report a JPEC outage, call 1-800-633-4044.

In southern Illinois, Ameren has about 2,200 customers without power in Williamson County — 200 of them are in Johnston City.