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More than a week after deadly storms, hundreds of Kentuckians still don't have power

Utility workers continue working past sunset to restore power to parts of western Kentucky that were devastated by deadly tornadoes early Saturday morning.
Utility workers continue working past sunset to restore power to parts of western Kentucky that were devastated by deadly tornadoes early Saturday morning.

Hundreds of Kentuckians are still without power a week and a half after devastating storms swept through the western part of the state. 

The deadly tornado outbreak left more than 56,000 people without power in the immediate aftermath, according to Gov. Andy Beshear. Since then, crews have restored power to most. But at least 1,600 homes and businesses remain in the dark as of Wednesday morning, according to reports gathered by WFPL.

Many of those customers are in Bowling Green, where theBowling Green Municipal Utility outage map showed 424 customers were still without power as of noon Wednesday.

In Mayfield, which saw some of the greatest destruction, at least 1,244 people still don’t have power. A spokesperson for Mayfield Electric & Water Systems, Meagan Arnold, said the lights are back on for 78% of the town, but could not give an estimate for when power would be fully restored.

Portions of the Hickory Water District, which serves parts of Graves County, are still under a boil water advisory, according to aFacebook post from Mayfield Electric and Water.

Jess Clark is LPMs Education and Learning Reporter. Email Jess at jclark@lpm.org.

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