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Kentucky emergency officials urge ice storm preparedness, caution

KYEM official discussed the hazardous forecast Tuesday afternoon. (Source: KYEM) KYEM official discussed the hazardous forecast Tuesday afternoon. (Source: KYEM)

FRANKFORT, KY (WAVE) - Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) officials were bracing Tuesday for potentially hazardous winter weather. The agency activated the Commonwealth Emergency Operations Center (CEOC) to Level II.

At Level II, KYEM and Kentucky National Guard personnel staff the CEOC, increasing communications and situational awareness among partners across the state.

KYEM officials said they began communications with statewide emergency partners on Monday in advance of the approaching weather system which is forecast to include a hazardous mix of rain, freezing rain and snow to parts of Kentucky.

Southern Indiana and part of extreme northern Kentucky can expect mostly accumulating snow, while Kentucky's biggest threat is ice accumulations and potential flash flooding.

KYEM officials said the icing that will occur will make for extremely hazardous travel and the possibility of intermittent power outages. They urged people to review winter weather safety tips and heed all warnings.

KYEM advised people to stay home, but encouraged those who must travel to take along an emergency kit that includes blankets, allow extra time, take it slow and allow plenty of space between vehicles. Also, anyone encountering downed power lines should not approach them. Instead, call the local utility provider or 911.

Road conditions throughout the state can be found on the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's website at http://www.511.ky.gov/., by calling 511 in Kentucky or 1-866-737-3767 for out-of-state callers.

Kentucky Emergency Management recommends all Kentuckians know the risks and review winter emergency plans. Check batteries in flashlights, radios and other devices. Make sure any generators are working properly and are used safely outdoors.

Winter safety information can be found at the following websites:

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