The ice storm of 2009 has been described by the National Weather Service as the weather event of the decade. The storm resulted in record power outages for western Kentucky and the southernmost counties in Illinois.
The National Weather Service says preliminary damage estimates were around $500 million.
The storm started on January 26, 2009. By January 27, over 90% of southwestern Kentucky was without power.
By February 4, most residents in the cities had their power restored but some of the rural areas were still without power.
According to the National Weather Service, there were at least 14 fatalities either directly or indirectly related to that storm.
Trees and power lines blocked roads, fell on homes and cars, and caused travel hazards in the days following the storm.
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