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.
The Associated Press is reporting that a National Weather Service team has determined at least one of the strong storms that raced through Kentucky Wednesday was an EF2 tornado, with winds up to 125 miles per hour.
Officials say waves of strong storms damaged dozens of homes and businesses in north central Kentucky, but left only one person injured.