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FirstAlert DEFENDER:
A Partnership with WKYT

It's simply the most important, lifesaving advancement in weather technology and forecasting ever in Kentucky. In 2009, Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives formed a partnership with WKYT-Channel 27 to launch the FirstAlert DEFENDER dual polarity radar. This radar is the most technologically advanced Doppler radar scanning the skies over central and eastern Kentucky.

The 1,000,000-watt FirstAlert DEFENDER allows WKYT's meteorologists to detect, analyze, depict and warn of more kinds of dangerous weather than any other radar system.

Kentucky's Touchstone Energy Cooperatives are dedicated to providing power reliably and affordably to Kentuckians, and weather conditions such as ice storms, high winds and lightning often affect our ability to do that," said Tony Campbell, President & CEO of East Kentucky Power Cooperative. "The viewing areas of WKYT and its sister station WYMT in Hazard fit very well with the areas of Kentucky served by our members, so this partnership helps to provide our members with the best weather information available."

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