FRANKFORT, KY (WOWK /FOX 56) – Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear, Lieutenant Colonel Jacqueline Coleman and Kentucky Emergency Management Director Michael Dossett are continuing to notify the state of deadly tornadoes that hit western Kentucky from Friday night through Saturday morning. .
The governor said this morning, the state death toll remains at 74. Of those victims, eight have yet to be identified or their names have yet to be released.
Beshear said the ages of the victims ranged from two months to 98 years old, with 12 identified as children.
By county, the governor’s office said the death toll was:
- Graves County: 21 (eight in the Mayfield Candle Factory, 13 in other parts of the county)
- Hopkins County: 17
- Warren County: 15
- Muhlenberg County: 11
- Caldwell County: 4
- Marshall County: 2
- Franklin County: 1
- Fulton County: 1
- County Lyon: 1
- Taylor County: 1
According to Beshear, the total number of people missing in Kentuck is still above 100. Yesterday Beshear said the official number is now 109 missing, but he added that the number is actually higher. Various local and federal search and rescue missions are underway.
The governor also said 94 of the 110 Mayfield Candle Factory employees are alive and accounted for. Eight employees have been confirmed dead and eight others are still missing.
The state is asking factory workers to visit ministries in his House or call 888-880-8620 to verify they are safe and addressed, Beshear said. This phone number is for employees only and Beshear asks others not to call to request an update.
Beshear has declared a state of emergency in the affected counties. Yesterday, Gracia Szczech with the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that President Joe Biden had made a major statement covering eight Kentucky counties: Caldwell, Fulton, Graves, Hopkins, Marshall, Muhlenberg, Taylor and Warren. The state is now asking to add other counties to that statement including Boyle, Breckinridge, Bullitt, Casey, Christian, Edmonson, Grayson, Green, Hardin, Hart, Hickman, Livingston, Logan, Lyon, Marion, Monroe, Ohio, Shelby , Spencer Counties, and Todd.
The Governor urges Kentuckian residents to document everything they can before the cleanup as it is important to apply for assistance. He also asked everyone to be careful and stay safe while trying to clean up their homes and neighborhoods, especially around downed power lines.
Biden will also visit the state tomorrow, Wednesday, December 15, as part of a tour of all affected states to survey the damage.
Individuals and business owners experiencing losses can apply for assistance at DisasterAssistance.gov, by calling 800-621-3362 or TTY 800-462-7585, or by downloading the FEMA App.
The state has also started a relief fund for those affected. Those who want to donate to that fund can visit TeamWKYReliefFund.ky.gov. The Foundation has raised more than $9.89 million through more than 66,000 donations. Beshear said the state will work to ensure that these funds are available to assist Kentuckians in their long-term recovery from the disaster.
“The support for the Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund is nothing short of extraordinary,” said Beshear. “We will be really careful that this fund is, in large part, available for the needs of the people of Kentuckia that will continue long after outside assistance is gone.”
Dossett said thousands of customers remain without power, not counting those supplied by Mayfield Electric Company, which was destroyed. Power was restored to 10,000 customers last night, he said, and crews are working as quickly as possible to get power to the Kentuckians.
Kentucky’s first lady, Brother Beshear, also announced Monday night the launch of the Western Kentucky Toy Drive to help families devastated by the tornado just weeks before Christmas. The state will accept donations beginning Tuesday through Saturday, December 18. The organization is collecting items for children from infants to teens including toys, books, and books. , electronics, and a $25 VISA or Mastercard gift card.
All donated items must be unpacked, but Kentuckians can also donate wrapping materials such as paper and bows with their items. The first lady said many law enforcement agencies would accept donations. This toy drive does not currently accept clothing items.
For more information about drives, visit website of the governor and first lady.
During Tuesday’s briefing, Lieutenant Colonel Coleman shared details of her visits to several tornado-affected areas. In the midst of this devastation, she said, she had heard many stories of Kentuckians coming together to save each other’s lives and help neighbors in need after the storm.
“The damage is as severe as this and all the images we see emerge from this, man, stories of neighbors helping neighbors and people all over Kentucky coming together to help. remarkable support. Absolutely remarkable,” Coleman said. “Look for helpers as we dig through this damage and recover and rebuild. We are surrounded by people who are doing God’s work and they are full of compassion, and we are very lucky. “
The Salvation Army is also raise money to assist those affected by the disaster. Beshear also encourages Kentuckian residents to donate blood to the Red Cross to help with hospitals and medical centers in the area.
The governor said state parks have also been opened to displaced residents and first responders. Those in urgent need of housing can contact their local emergency management office or local state park for assistance.
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