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Freezing Rain Causes Widespread Outages (Update)

About 100,000 Louisville Gas and Electric Company customers in the Louisville area were without power at midday today, as freezing rain has brought down numerous tree limbs and power lines.The precipitation turned to snow before moving out of the Louisville area late this morning.About 176,000 Kentucky Utilities customers were also without power across the state.Chris Poynter with the mayor's office says people are still being asked not to venture out unless  necessary, as some roads are still blocked by fallen tree limbs or utility lines.Motorists who encounter a malfunctioning traffic light should treat the intersection as a four way stop.Governor Steve Beshear has declared a state of emergency across Kentucky in the wake of the storm.(Photo By Todd Earwood)

Rick Howlett was midday host and the host of LPM's weekly talk show, "In Conversation." He was with LPM from 2001-2023 and held many different titles, including Morning Edition host, Assignment Editor and Interim News Director. He died in August 2023. Read a remembrance of Rick here.