Kentucky Gov. declares state of emergency due to more severe weather
Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear (D) on Saturday declared a state of emergency due to severe weather moving through parts of the state.
Weather systems affected the western, eastern and southern central areas and generated heavy rainfall, thunderstorms, tornadoes and hail, the WSAZ reported.
Kentucky Emergency Management has activated the State Emergency Operations Center [SEOC]”and staff from the Kentucky National Guard, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, the Kentucky State Police and the Kentucky Department of Public Health are monitoring the situation from the SEOC,” the business said.
Beshear too divided the message on his social media profile:
Governor Andy Beshear declared a state of emergency today due to a strong, violent weather system that generates heavy rain, thunderstorms, tornadoes, hail and strong winds that hit large parts of western, eastern and south central Kentucky.
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– Governor Andy Beshear (@GovAndyBeshear) January 1, 2022
“The severe weather caused floods, power outages and damage to public infrastructure and private property,” the governor’s office said in a news release Saturday:
Floods in Green, Barren, Taylor, Adair, Owsley, Breathitt and Casey counties have resulted in numerous road closures and water rescues. High water blocked all or part of several roads in Floyd, Knott and Pike counties from 6 p.m. Casey County and Owsley County have declared local states of emergency.
A tornado touchdown was reported in Hopkinsville, causing severe damage to downtown businesses, and a possible tornado touchdown was reported in Taylor County, where several households have been damaged. Severe thunderstorm warnings have also been issued for Logan, Simpson, Marion and Washington counties.
Video footage showed large dirt falling into parking lots, a damaged roof and dirt around a motorhome:
Another clip showed crew performing a rescue in Green County after a woman apparently drove her vehicle into the water and it stopped:
“It is devastating that we are once again experiencing severe weather just weeks after the deadly tornadoes hit western Kentucky. “Unfortunately, some counties have been affected by both of these events,” Beshear said.
“We will continue to monitor the weather and provide the necessary updates. Everyone should be alert, safe and seek shelter when advised,” he concluded.