Darren Doyle, story:
Edmonson County Coroner Brentley Esters has confirmed that an Edmonson County man has died as a result of a fallen tree during severe storms today.
The man's name has not been released pending family notification but Esters said the man was 24* years old. He also said a large tree fell on the man's residence this afternoon and he died from injuries sustained in the incident.
Rocky Hill Road remains closed as a large tree has fallen over the roadway and is entwined in a fallen power line. Rescue crews cannot remove the tree until WRECC is able to deal with the power lines. WRECC is working at full capacity with over 30,000 of their customers currently without power. According to the KY Electric Cooperatives, about 278,000 Kentuckians are without power tonight. Around 2,000 Edmonson County residents are still without power, with the Windyville/Segal and Wingfield Communities having the most outages reported.
"Crews are working to assess damage and will continue to work until all outages are restored," said WRECC Communications Director Kim Phelps. "We have requested additional assistance from contract crews and other electric utilities. Based on our early assessment, we expect this to be a multi-day restoration event."
*CORRECTION: The man killed in the incident was reported as 24 years-old by the Edmonson County Coroner; however, the man's grandmother released his name and correct age to the Edmonson Voice, She stated he was 23 years old.
Roads remain closed all over the county as all county fire departments work to clear trees and debris from roadways.
We have received messages and reports of trees down and other damages in virtually every portion of the county today.
Fire Departments, local law enforcement, EMS, state and county road crews, and volunteers are still working to clear debris all over the county. Officials are asking everyone to stay home if possible as several power and communication lines are down on or near roadways. Local dispatch is also working at full capacity, trying to sort through the tons of emergency calls coming in.
High winds are expected to continue until about 9PM tonight, according to the latest forecast.
Mammoth Cave National Park and Green River Ferry closed today due to wind damage. The park also announced they will be closed tomorrow.
The Cabin Fever Bass Tournament on Nolin Lake that was scheduled for tomorrow has also been canceled. The Princess Tea Party event at Edmonson County High School is still scheduled to take place.
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