Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Winter Storm 2009 Update

Louisville's basketball game will go on as scheduled this evening, although the crowd won't be as high as it would usually be.
The University of Louisville's men's basketball game against the University of South Florida will be played as scheduled tonight at 7 p.m. in Freedom Hall, the school announced.

Despite the severe weather conditions and widespread power outages, Freedom Hall does have power and the South Florida players and the game officials are in town.

Big East Conference policy states that, "if both teams and at least two of the three game officials are present and there is severe inclement weather, the game shall be played."
The ice storm has led to 67 Jefferson County schools without power.
Jefferson County Public Schools officials said the ice storm had left 67 schools without power, and many had driveways blocked by fallen trees.

In Oldham County, Oldham County High, Oldham County Middle, Buckner Elementary and Oldham County Preschool were without power yesterday. More were without power in Bullitt County.
JCPS will be off the rest of the week.

The power outages across the commonwealth are second to last fall's wind storm.
Power outages from the severe ice storm are continuing to rise across Kentucky as utility crews struggle with the second-worst disruption of power in state history.

By midday Wednesday, at least 473,000 customers were without power.

Kentucky Public Service Commission spokesman Andrew Melnykovych says that figure doesn't include municipal utilities or rural electric cooperatives within the Tennessee Valley Authority system.

The only larger outage in Kentucky occurred last September, when fierce winds from the remnants of Hurricane Ike knocked out power to about 600,000 customers.

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