Storm-struck KY calls up entire Army National Guard - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Storm-struck KY calls up entire Army National Guard

MAYFIELD, Ky. (AP) - The governor of Kentucky has called up his entire Army National Guard and some of the Air Guard to help deal with the effects of a deadly ice storm.

The addition of 3,000 soldiers and airmen makes 4,600 Guardsmen pressed into service in what is the largest call-up in Kentucky history. Gov. Steve Beshear calls it an appropriate response.

The storm knocked out power for more than 600,000 homes and business in Kentucky, the state's largest outage on record.

Altogether, well over a million customers lost power in the widespread storm and about a-half million are still without it, most of them in Kentucky.

Finding heating oil along with gas for cars and generators is another struggle for those trying to tough it out at home. Hospitals and other essential services get priority over members of the public.

Many people in rural areas can't even get out of their driveways due to debris and have no phone service.

Gov. Beshear says he's concerned about the lives and safety of those who are homebound. He says troops will be going door-to-door to make sure people are OK.               

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