More than 200 Barren countians serviced by the Farmer's Rural Electric Cooperative were without power Friday morning due to thunderstorms that moved through the area Thursday evening.
“Right now we have 268 customers without power,” said Jerry Carter, vice president of member and cooperative services for FRECC. “In Metcalfe County we have 74 still out. Hart County has 41 and and Barren has 118.”
The power outages were due to downed trees and extreme lighting, he said.
“We have additional crews coming in from Nolin RECC out of Elizabethtown to expedite our outage restoration,” Carter said. “This should be finished by late this afternoon.”
When the storms first moved through the year the power company had more than 1,600 customers without electricity.
Carter commended the company's linemen for working in extreme conditions throughout the night to restore customers' power.
“These guys are really working hard. They take their jobs very serious,” he said.
Thursday night's thunderstorms were a little different from other storms that have passed through the area this summer in that they were more widespread.
“Most of your summer storms are a little more isolated,” Carter said. “This one came through the entire service area from north to south and east to west. We had every available person working on it and still working on it.”
Very few Glasgow Electric Plant Board customers experienced power outages from the storms.
“There are just a few locations, but there wasn't any major outages,” said Chris Smith, an engineering tech with EPB.
The Quail Ridge area off Ky. 1297 was most affected due to lightening blowing a fuse, he said.
Tony Richey, Barren County emergency management director, said the only damage reports he received were downed trees which occurred in Cave City, Temple Hill and the Oil Well Road areas.
The northern area of Metcalfe County, particularly around the Center area, sustained damage from the storms.
“We had some barn damage and a lot of crop damage and a lot of trees down,” said Emory Kidd, Metcalfe County emergency management director.
Monroe County officials reported no damage due to the storms.
“We were very lucky,” said Tommy Willett, Monroe County judge-executive, adding the county had “a good bit” of lightening and some wind, but the winds weren't as high as what was first forecast for the area.
The storms didn't produce much rain for Barren County. According to Kentucky Mesonet website, Barren County received 0.62 inches of rain in a 24-hour period from Thursday morning to Friday morning.
Metcalfe County, however, received 1.12 inches of rain in the for the same 24-hour period, the website showed. Monroe County does not have a Kentucky Mesonet station.