Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) continued the activation of the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) last night in support of severe weather, heavy rainfall, tornado activity and ongoing flooding conditions throughout Kentucky. The SEOC increased the activation to Level 3 with KYEM personnel, state cabinet and federal partners monitoring multiple severe weather systems as they impacted the Commonwealth.
Severe storms producing heavy rainfall and tornados swept across Kentucky last night, causing flash flooding and property damages to homes and businesses. “The severe storms that passed through last night caused significant damage in communities throughout Kentucky,” stated Michael Dossett, director of KYEM. “We remind our citizens across the Commonwealth as they begin assessment and clean-up, there are still flooding dangers even though the storm activity has passed. Be aware of your surroundings at all times, as flooding continues throughout many counties and rivers will continue to rise for several days.”
KYEM has received confirmation of three (3) deaths attributed to the recent severe storm activity: one (1) each in Logan, Simpson and Union counties. KYEM area managers are currently assisting local emergency managers assessing damages. National Weather Service officials travelled to damage sites and have confirmed two (2) EF 2 tornadoes hit Logan and Christian counties, and one (1) EF1 tornado hit Warren county.
Officials remind citizens to take steps to keep themselves safe after flooding:
• Watch your step. Flood waters often hide sharp and dangerous debris like broken glass and metal.
• Wear the appropriate protective clothing and gear like boots, gloves and safety glasses when it comes to moving debris.
• Hands off! Stay away from electrical utility equipment after a storm or if it is wet to prevent being electrocuted. Report any utility issues to your local utility company.
• Flooded homes are hazards Get a professional to check for loose wires, mold and hidden damage before re-entering.
• Avoid walking in floodwater. It can be contaminated with oil, gasoline, or sewage.
• Use generators or other gas-powered machinery only outdoors and away from windows.
Officials also remind citizens that if they have any storm damage, to report it to their local emergency management director.
For more information about KYEM, visit www.kyem.ky.gov.