The National Weather Service says a line of storms that moved through the Louisville area this afternoon brought strong winds that knocked out power to about twelve thousand homes and businesses. Some homes were damaged, as well.
Credit Gov. Steve Beshear visits West Liberty, Ky on a Kentucky National Guard UH-60 Blackhawk after a tornado struck the town Mar. 2. (photo by Capt. Stephen Martin, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs)
The Office of Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says President Barack Obama has authorized assistance for residents of seven Kentucky counties that suffered significant damage as a result of Friday’s tornadoes and severe storms.
Officials with the Kentucky Public Service Commission say there are about 93 hundred power outages in storm damaged areas of Kentucky, as of mid-morning Monday. That number does not include outages in areas served by municipal utilties or by rural electric cooperatives in the Tennessee Valley system.
Governor Steve Beshear is requesting a federal disaster declaration for parts of eastern and northern Kentucky hit by tornadoes last week. The declaration would allow federal money to help with clean up and rebuilding. It will also help provide funds to affected businesses.
Updating earlier reports on deaths and injuries in Kentucky, following Friday's severe storms, the Kentucky Department of Health says coroners in the state have reported seventeen fatalities. In addition, about 300 injuries connected to the storms have been reported.
Governor Beshear and Lieutenant Governor Jerry Abramson are touring some of the devastated areas today.Damage has been reported in forty Kentucky counties,and at least ten counties have declared states of emergency.