Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has asked the Obama administration for a federal emergency disaster declaration to deal with widespread power outages and cleanup after a powerful winter storm hammered Kentucky this week.
The state, along with 68 counties and 36 cities, was operating under states of emergency as ice continued to drag down power lines and branches clogged roadways.
No deaths in Kentucky were attributed to the storm, emergency management officials said Wednesday.
An estimated 525,000 Kentuckians were without power Wednesday night, the second-largest outage in the state's history. Many cities were struggling to find generators to keep water and sewage plants operating, and thousands of people sought warmth in 91 shelters statewide.
More than 500 members of the Kentucky National Guard were deployed in 27 counties to help clear debris from roads and power lines.
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