Kentucky State of Emergency Declared for Powerful Storms


With the state still reeling from December's deadly tornadoes, wild weather led to flash flooding, power outages and property damage.

Just three weeks after deadly tornadoes blazed a path of destruction through Kentucky, a state of emergency was declared again after powerful storms caused 

flash flooding, power outages and property damage, including a possible tornado in Hopkinsville. .

There were no immediate reports of injuries or deaths, but Gov. Andy Beshear declared a state of emergency on Saturday, with much of Kentucky 

and West Virginia under a flood warning. Parts of eastern Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama were under tornado watch.

The storms come while the state was still reeling from tornadoes 

that hit the region in December, killing more than 90 people in five states, including 77 in Kentucky.

The Kentucky governor’s office reported flash flooding had caused water rescues and many road closures in the southern and central portions of the state.

Heavy rains were expected to continue throughout the day in much of Kentucky, followed by a cold front, which could complicate emergency response efforts.

In the south-western Kentucky town of Hopkinsville, several downtown businesses were damaged by a possible tornado. WTVF-TV reported a Family 

Dollar store had been largely destroyed and the roof of a Marathon gas station had blown into a park across the street. 

Other nearby buildings had roof damage and there were many downed power lines, the station reported.

Another possible tornado touchdown occurred in Taylor county, in the middle of the state, where a number of homes were damaged, according to the governor’s office.

“It is devastating that we are once again experiencing severe weather just weeks after the deadly tornadoes hit western Kentucky. 

Sadly, some counties have been affected by both of these events, ”Beshear said in a statement.

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