LaRue County deals with storm aftermath, power outages

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County schools to be closed again Thursday

By The Staff

LaRue County remains under a state of emergency because of extensive power outages. Judge-Executive Tommy Turner issued the declaration Tuesday morning.

Power is on throughout most of the Hodgenville business district although Pamida remained dark Wednesday evening. All of Magnolia, Upton, Sonora and much of Buffalo also are without power.

The search for kerosene and propane to help fight off the chill was evident. A line of a dozen people waited their chance to fill containers with kerosene outside IGA Express Keystop in Hodgenville around 7 p.m. Wednesday. Another dozen waited inside to pay before joining that line. Others were there to purchase propane tanks.

Power could be out as much as a week in some rural areas, authorities said.

LaRue County Schools have canceled classes for a third day. School will be closed again Thursday.

The winter storm delivered its sleet and ice across the area beginning late Monday night and more arrived Tuesday followed by two inches of snow Wednesday morning. Although temperatures crept to 35 late Tuesday, forecasters say temperatures will remain below freezing until Saturday and could fall into single digits tonight.

Drivers are advised to use extreme caution and allow extra falling distance because stopping will require greater space.

Lincoln Parkway, U.S. 31E and most major state roads are clear and passable although portions of some lanes still contain icy spots. Subdivision streets reportedly remain slick and every tree-lined street has some branches down.

For an updated forecast, click on The Weather Channel link on the lower right side of our home page, www.laruecountyherald.com.