Trained spotters and law enforcement officers throughout the state reported tornadoes in 19 different counties, according to Kentucky Emergency Management. Twenty-seven additional counties have reported damage.
Damage assessments and rescue missions continue. Severe storms began rolling across the Commonwealth Friday afternoon beginning in the far western part of the state and moved north and east of the Ohio River from Indiana.
Avoid Traveling in Communities with Storm Damage
Gov. Beshear strongly urged Kentuckians to heed warnings from emergency managers and stay off the roads and away from affected communities.
“Unfortunately, after a disaster like the one we have experienced, people take to the road for one of two reasons: to offer unsolicited help, or to tour the damage. That’s not helpful to our emergency responders,” said Gov. Beshear. “Our emergency responders and National Guard troops need immediate and unfettered access to our roads, and they can’t effectively continue that work if they’re fighting traffic.”
People who want to offer assistance to affected communities should contact their local Red Cross chapter for information. Emergency managers strongly discourage people from traveling to these communities to offer help.
Friends or family who have been unable to locate loved ones since Friday’s storms are encouraged to register the missing person’s information on the Kentucky Emergency Management website at www.kyem.ky.gov or through the American Red Cross Safe and Well Program at www.americanredcross.org.
Meeting Critical Needs
Several shelters have opened by the Red Cross to accommodate citizens displaced by the storm:
• Elliott County High School, Main Street, Sandy Hook, KY
• Lawrence County High School, 100 Bulldog Lane, Louisa, KY
• Grant County High School, 715 Warsaw Rd., Dry Ridge, KY
• Laurel Fire Dept., 911 TLC Lane, London, KY
• Morgan Co. Community Center, 147 Victory Ave., Bedford, KY
Tornado preparedness information, from FEMA: CLICK HERE
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