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Winter storm blasts Kentucky

A winter storm last week left over 250,000 Kentucky residents without power, reports CNN. USA Today reports that number at 350,000.

Almost 5,000 National Guard troops have been deployed to the state and have begun checking on residents who were hit hardest by the storm. That deployment makes it the largest in Kentucky history. (USA Today)

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear said the storm was the worst natural disaster in modern state history. Sixteen people were killed, many as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning caused by generators brought indoors to keep warm.

Weather forecasters say the bad weather isn't over. "Changing winds may produce a potentially hazardous situation," said the National Weather service to CNN. Those winds could potentially knock down trees that could fall on roads or homes.

USA Today reports that Gov. Beshear is requesting President Barack Obama to declare a major disaster in the state in order to receive federal financial assistance. The cleanup will now cost over $45 million, according to the governor.

According to the mayor of Mayfield, Kentucky, it could take up to two months for his county to get all of its power back.