Gov. Beshear issues State of Emergency for Kentucky due to severe weather

  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKRN) — After severe storms ripped through Kentucky Sunday, Gov. Andy Beshear took to social media to announce a State of Emergency.

“Severe weather continues to move through the commonwealth with multiple reports of wind damage and tornadoes. I have issued a State of Emergency to ensure the communities impacted have the resources they need to respond,” Beshear wrote on Facebook at 11:07 p.m. on Sunday, May 26. “We will provide more information once it is available. Stay safe, everyone. We will get through this together, like we always do.”

More strong storms expected overnight in Middle TN, Southern KY

This news comes after Beshear posted a video Sunday afternoon saying there had been lots of reports of damage from the weather, as well as one storm-related death, in Kentucky so far.

According to the Louisville Metro Police Department, a man was hit by a tree and later pronounced dead at the scene.

GALLERY: Strong storms roll through Middle TN, Southern KY | May 26, 2024

“Louisville, I’m sad to report we’ve had one fatality following the severe weather that just moved through the area and some structural damage reported. Please join me in holding this family in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time — may their memory be a blessing,” Louisville Mayor Craig Greenberg wrote on social media platform X.

Greenberg also reminded people that more severe weather was expected through the night and urged everyone to stay alert and safe.

On Monday, May 27, Gov. Beshear took to social media just before 6:30 a.m. to announce additional deaths that were reported in the storms.

“It was a tough night for our people, as it appears we have two additional deaths due to the storms.”

FORECAST: Middle Tennessee & Southern Kentucky Weather

Gov. Beshear is expected to provide an update about the storm impact at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 27.

Don’t forget to take the power and reliability of the WKRN Weather Authority with you at all times by downloading the News 2 Storm Tracker app.

Copyright 2024 Nexstar Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

For the latest news, weather, sports, and streaming video, head to WKRN News 2.