Friday, August 5 2022

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) – Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear has declared a state of emergency, due to severe storms and flooding reported across much of Kentucky on New Years Day.

Governor Beshear said heavy rain, possible tornadoes, hail and straight-line winds affected parts of western, eastern and south-central Kentucky.

The governor’s office said flash flooding in Green, Barren, Taylor, Adair, Owsley, Breathitt and Casey counties resulted in road closures during water rescues. Casey County and Owsley County have declared local states of emergency.

The governor’s office said a possible tornado damaged businesses in downtown Hopkinsville and another possible tornado caused damage in Taylor County.

“It is devastating that we are again facing extreme weather just weeks after the killer tornadoes hit western Kentucky,” Governor Beshear said in a news release on Saturday. “Unfortunately, some counties were affected by these two events. We will continue to monitor the weather and provide necessary updates. Everyone be aware, stay safe and seek shelter when advised. »

Governor Beshear said Kentucky Emergency Management has activated the state’s emergency operations center and personnel from the Kentucky National Guard, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, State Police Kentucky and the Kentucky Department of Public Health was monitoring the situation.

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