FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT/KY3) – Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear has declared a state of emergency, due to severe storms and flooding reported across much of Kentucky on New Year’s Day.
The storm comes just three weeks after one of the deadliest and largest December tornado outbreaks in modern US history hit Kentucky and other Midwestern states Dec. 10-11. . Thousands of people are working to pick up the pieces, and the state has reported a death toll of at least 76 people as a result of this outbreak.
Governor Beshear said heavy rain, possible tornadoes, hail and straight-line winds on New Year’s Day impacted parts of western, eastern and south-central New Year’s Day. Kentucky.
The governor’s office said flash flooding in Green, Barren, Taylor, Adair, Owsley, Breathitt and Casey counties led to road closures and 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. Gray affiliate WBKO is also reporting extensive storm damage near Bowling Green.
“It is devastating that we are again facing extreme weather just weeks after the deadly 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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