WKU Public Radio News Staff
Governor Comments on Damage
Sat March 3, 2012
Governor Beshear Says Storm Damage is Unlike Anything He's Ever Seen
After touring some storm damaged areas of Kentucky Saturday, Governor Steve Beshear stressed the extent of the damage he had witnessed. In a statement issued by the Governor's Office, he said the devastation is "unlike anything I have ever seen." State officials now say 21 deaths in Kentucky are blamed on Friday's violent storms.
Kentucky's Governor has also signed an executive order to help Kentuckians displaced by the storm to access their medications. And Governor Beshear has been in contact with the White House and the Department of Homeland Security to keep them informed about the situation in the Commonwealth.
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 also caused problems in states to the south, including Alabama and Tennessee where dozens of houses were damaged. It came just 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.