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Winter storm leaves more than 12,000 without power

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Mall St. Matthews closed early due to the weather. Mall St. Matthews closed early due to the weather.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - More than 12,000 LG&E customers were left in the dark as snow turned to freezing rain and ice Tuesday night.

The City of St. Matthews seemed to be in the dark, especially in the Lexington Road area, with multiple reports of blown transformers and downed lines. Snow and freezing rain not only caused Jefferson County Public Schools to let out early, both Mall St. Matthews and Oxmoor Center closed early just before 6:30 p.m. as managers were concerned for both shoppers and employees who would be going to and from the malls on slick roads.

As freezing rain continued to come down a layer of ice started covering the area hitting trees causing heavy branches that hit power lines. That happened off Egan lane keeping LG&E crews very busy. In southeast Louisville a huge tree blocked the road on Maple Springs Drive off Preston Highway taking down power lines with it.

The slippery conditions are also thought to be the cause of several accidents and fender benders.

As of 11 p.m. Tuesday 12,789 customers were without power in Jefferson County. In southern Indiana Floyd County had 589 customers without power, 989 were without power in Clark County and 290 in Harrison County.      

To view LG&E and KU's Outage Map, click here. To view power outages for Duke Energy, click here. For Clark County REMC outages, click here.

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