Storms leave 1,600 without electricity

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By Randy Patrick

Two storms that rolled through the area Wednesday night left about 1,100 Salt River Electric customers in Nelson County and 500 in Washington County without power for a few hours.

Nicky Rapier, a spokesman for the member-owned rural electric cooperative, said Thursday morning the first storm, which came through the Brush Grove area about 8:45 p.m., knocked out power for about 454 customers in and around Chaplin and 500 in nearby Washington County.

“We got all those back on about 11 p.m.,” Rapier said.

A little after 10 p.m., another severe storm hit the Boston Road area, and 540 there lost electricity, as well as about 100 more around the county.

The utility’s workers got about half of the customers on Boston Road back on after midnight, and the rest by 2 a.m., except for two customers that it took until about 4 a.m. to restore power to, he said.

Rapier said the company appreciates its customers’ patience.

Kentucky Utilities, which also serves part of the Chaplin and Bloomfield area, did not have any customers out in Nelson County Wednesday night, the company reported.