Winter Storms Batter Midwest Utilities

For much of last week, the trees crusted with ice and snow in Kentucky and many parts of the Midwest seemed like images from a Robert Frost poem. But the interaction of winter weather and utility lines poses a daunting challenge when it comes to keeping the power on. "It paints a beautiful picture to see the snow and ice on the trees," says Sergeant David Jude, a spokesman for the Kentucky State Police. "But under that picturesque beauty it looks like a war zone."

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