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KENTUCKY HIT BY OVERNIGHT STORMS

Thursday, 06 05, 2014

Contact: Buddy Rogers work - 502-607-1611 cell - 502-382-6006

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 5, 2014) – Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) has received reports of scattered damage from overnight storms. No injuries, deaths or requests for assistance were reported.

“Local officials have called in to report numerous trees down and scattered power outages overnight in various locations, but fortunately no major damage has been reported and no state assistance has been needed,” KYEM Director Michael E. Dossett said. “Localized flooding seems to be the biggest concern with some evacuations required.”

Dossett commended the always present, and immediate, response by local authorities and elected officials in their efforts to ensure their citizens were safe and there were no unmet needs.
Flooding occurred in Graves County and voluntary evacuations were conducted in the city of Mayfield, where a Red Cross shelter was opened in the First Presbyterian Church, with 25 people housed overnight. Widespread flooding also occurred in Johnson County where the county and city of Paintsville declared local states of emergency, and a Red Cross shelter was opened at the Recreation Center, but no overnight residents.

Officials in the city of Inez, Martin County, are conducting damage assessments this morning in a residential area that was also flooded overnight. Possible tornadoes were reported in Christian, Hopkins, Lawrence and Webster counties. Damage to a few barns and outbuildings were reported in Warren County, as well. The National Weather Service is expected to visit those counties today for confirmation.

Kentucky Utilities reported the majority of power outages occurred in Western Kentucky where approximately 3,300 customers were without power, but expected power to be restored during the night or early morning today.

KYEM will continue to poll counties for any additional storm damage reports and provide any assistance if requested. Residents who may have incurred storm damage should contact their insurance provider and notify their local emergency management and report the damage.

KYEM always encourages everyone to monitor local media for weather updates and monitor their National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather alert radios, especially during severe weather conditions.

Weather safety tips and links to weather sites can be found at www.kyem.ky.gov and www.weather.gov.

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