Louisville, KY (WAVE) - WAVE Country’s first brush with winter weather caused fallen trees, traffic problems and lots of power outages on Thursday, leaving officials and first responders scrambling to keep up with ongoing complications.
Several counties announced warming stations and temporary shelters to accommodate those who had lost power.
Just before 9 a.m. Thursday, about 74,600 people in Jefferson County were affected by outages. By 5 p.m., that number had dropped significantly, but outages were still affecting over 49,000 people. Several JCPS schools were also without electricity.
LG&E released a statement Thursday night indicating that as of 8 p.m., 36,016 were without power in the Louisville area and 2,646 people were without service in the Hardin/Elizabethtown area.
LG&E said they hope to have all power restored by 11 p.m. on Saturday evening (Nov. 17). More crews will arrive on Friday to help restore service, the utilities company said in a statement.
Emergency officials in Southern Indiana thought the power outages would continue overnight, a statement from the Salvation Army said.
On Friday, continued outages prompted Louisville Metro Emergency Services to announce an additional overnight shelter. The shelter location will be the Salvation Army at 911 S. Brook Street. The shelter opens Friday evening at 6, with sleeping quarters available beginning at 8 p.m.
Louisville Metro Emergency services coordinated with the Salvation Army and American Red Cross to set up an overnight shelter for people affected by outages at the UAW Local 862 Hall, beginning at 6 p.m.
On Thursday evening, the Northeast YMCA announced they would be open for people to get warm, charge their phones, take a shower or spend the night. The Y requested that people arrive with everything they need for a good night’s sleep by 10 p.m.
In Southern Indiana, the Salvation Army announced plans to set up a temporary shelter for the evening at 2300 Green Valley Road. The shelter will be open from 7:00 p.m. Thursday to 7:00 a.m. on Friday. The shelter is open to anyone in need of a place to stay in the area.
Scott County announced warming shelters at the Jennings and the Johnson Fire Departments, where people can warm up and charge their phones. Anyone in Scott County in need of overnight assistance is asked to call Scott County Dispatch at 812-752-5550.
Salvation Army and American Red Cross overnight shelter, The Salvation Army, 911 S. Brook Street, open at 6:00 p.m. with sleeping quarters open at 8:00 p.m.
Salvation Army and American Red Cross overnight shelter, UAW Local 862 Hall at 3000 Fern Valley Road, open at 6:00 p.m.
Northeast YMCA, warming station and overnight shelter, 9400 Mill Brook Rd, Louisville, KY 40223, must arrive before 10 p.m.
Salvation Army temporary shelter, 2300 Green Valley Road, New Albany, IN 7:00 p.m. - 7:00 a.m.
Jennings Fire Department warming and charging station, 194 W Main St, Austin, IN 47102, open at 2:00 p.m.
Johnson Fire Department warming and charging station, 1984 N Blocher Railroad St, Lexington, IN 47138, open at 5:00 p.m.