WKU Public Radio News Staff
Fri March 2, 2012
Deadly Storms Rip Through Region
Update: A massive outbreak of severe weather Friday led to widespread thunderstorms and multiple tornadoes, resulting in dozens of deaths across Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio.
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear declared a statewide emergency to facilitate local authorities' access to state resources.
The outbreak was also causing problems in states to the south, including Alabama and Tennessee where dozens of houses were damaged. It comes two days after an earlier round of storms killed 13 people in the Midwest and South.
From the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes, the storms touched nearly all walks of life. A fire station was flattened. Roofs were ripped off schools. A prison fence was knocked down and scores of homes and businesses were destroyed.
It wasn't immediately clear how many people were missing.
- Here are additional updates from NPR.
- And here's information about the storm tracks from the National Weather Service.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says one of its buildings in Madisonville was damaged by the storm, with high winds ripping off a corner of the roof. KYTC engineers say several large signs were knocked down in Madisonville.
Power outages were widespread across the region. Warren RECC reported that about six thousand customers lost power Friday afternoon, with many of those residences located in Simpson County. Storms and strong winds have reportedly damaged power lines and poles. The public is reminded to stay away from downed power lines.