At Least Eight Dead From Kentucky Tornadoes; Beshear Declares State of Emergency

Kentucky emergency management officials now say that at least eight people have died as a result of severe weather that tore across the commonwealth Friday afternoon.

Buddy Rogers with the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management told the Lexington Herald-Leader that four people were killed in Menifee County, three in Kenton County and one in Morgan County.

Governor Beshear has declared a statewide state of emergency in response to Friday’s severe weather, which included several tornado touchdowns.

Beshear says a statewide declaration will give local officials immediate access to state resources for public safety and recovery efforts.

The storms also caused some 23,000 power outages statewide.