Widespread Tornado Damage in Kentucky

<strong>Kentucky declares state of emergency in wake of widespread tornado damage.</strong>

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear issued a statewide emergency declaration Friday evening.

“We have reports of heavy damage in some areas of the state already, but the storm system has not cleared Kentucky yet,” Beshear said in a statement. “By declaring a state of emergency now for the entire state, we can deploy any needed state assistance, such as National Guard troops, without delay.”

John Gordon, chief meterologist for the National Weather Service, said there could have been 10 or more touchdowns in Southern Indiana and Kentucky.

“One of tornadoes could have covered four counties, we’re just not sure at this point,” Gordon said.

Weather service workers are calling emergency management officials across the state to see where they need to go Saturday morning to survey damage.

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