Beshear Declares State of Emergency; Tours Damage After Severe Storms Rip Through Commonwealth

Gov. Andy Beshear is once again surveying damage after severe storms on Monday and Tuesday produced multiple tornadoes across the state’s central portion.

Beshear declared a state of emergency on Tuesday as storms impacted the state, producing National Weather Service confirmed EF-1 tornadoes in Anderson, Bourbon, Nelson, and Jessamine counties. Tornadoes also swept across Prospect in Jefferson County and into Oldham County.

The National Weather Service is evaluating possible tornadoes in Boyd, Harlan, Shelby, and Simpson Counties.

Straight-line wind damage has been confirmed in Fayette, Spencer, and Woodford Counties.

“I am always inspired by Kentuckians’ kindness and compassion toward one another. This challenge is no different. We see our neighbors helping their neighbors and communities coming together to provide those in need with shelter, a warm meal, and often a hug to tell them it’s going to be OK. Thank you to everyone who’s out there doing anything to make a positive difference at this time,” Gov. Beshear said. “And a big thanks goes out to our first responders, who were there even in the midst of the storms, and certainly after, helping to ensure our people are safe, and often leaving their own families to help our families in their time of need.”

In a news conference on Wednesday, Beshear said there is one weather-related fatality reported in Campbell County following a two-car accident.

Beshear shared that as of Wednesday afternoon, there were 15,132 Kentuckians without power. Other updates include:

  • Written disaster declarations have been received from Boyd, Clark, Fayette, and Greenup Counties and the cities of Ashland, Catlettsburg, Flatwoods, Greenup, Mt. Vernon, and Raceland.
  • Verbal disaster declarations have been received from Anderson, Bourbon, Elliott, Henry, Jefferson, Jessamine, Kenton, and Union Counties and the city of Louisville.
  • The city of Catlettsburg has wastewater operating under emergency generator power.

Counties are starting the Federal Individual Assistance and Public Assistance Damage Assessments today. Those who have experienced storm damage should take photographs before cleaning up and report the damages to the local county emergency management officials.

Cities with damage are encouraged to report it to KLC Insurance Services at 859-977-3700 as soon as possible to help expedite claims.