Hurricane

Becca Schimmel

The tragic images coming out of the Bahamas following Hurricane Dorian are hitting home for three Western Kentucky University students from the Caribbean nation. 

One of them is freshman Khajzan Taylor, who said it’s hard to watch his community suffer, while he’s safely in the U.S.

“It does something to me because I’m so far away, and I hate to see my people in agony like that.”


Stan Scott

As Hurricane Dorian begins to bear down on the nation’s southeastern coast, a Daviess County man is lending a hand to those impacted by the storm.  

Among them is Stan Scott of Owensboro who's a volunteer for the American Red Cross.  He’s stationed in Greenville, North Carolina where he’s been delivering supplies to evacuation shelters.

Scott says he enjoys volunteering because he’s been on the receiving end before.

Rebeka Abram

The captain of the Salvation Army in Owensboro is preparing to head to the east coast to assist in Hurricane Florence recovery efforts. 

Rebekah Abram is expecting to leave Sunday or Monday, and while her exact destination is unknown, she suspects she’ll be sent to the Wilmington, North Carolina area. 

This isn’t her first disaster relief mission, and says each experience brings challenges and rewards.

"I think being able to go and serve individuals who are hurting, being the hands and feet of Christ to them, giving a hot meal to a child who has lost everything," Abram stated. "It seems like something small, but to them it means a lot."

Updated at 5 a.m. ET on Tuesday

Hurricane Florence is growing in size and strength as it barrels toward the Southeastern U.S. for an expected landfall in the Carolinas later this week as an "extremely dangerous hurricane," according to the National Hurricane Center.

Nicole Erwin

The impact of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma is reigniting talk about national infrastructure needs. Parts of southern Kentucky recently saw flooding after Harvey moved inland. Kentuckians are facing billions of dollars in water infrastructure needs, and uncertainty on a federal infrastructure spending plan.

 

President Trump has mentioned the need for a one-trillion-dollar national infrastructure investment, but no details have come out. Most of the projects on Kentucky’s infrastructure wish list deal with highways and roads, not water.