Kentucky Emergency Management
KY. EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT MONITORING POSSIBLE SEVERE WEATHER, DAMAGE FROM RECENT STORMS
FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 29, 2014) - Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) has received reports of scattered storm damage from yesterday's storms, while neighboring states are reporting vast destruction and loss of lives.
The National Weather Service places Kentucky in the slight risk category for possible severe weather late this afternoon and evening as a threatening weather system continues to linger to our south. KYEM encourages everyone to continue monitoring local media for weather conditions and monitor their NOAA Weather Alert Radios for weather alerts and warnings.
Kentucky officials have reported numerous trees down and scattered power outages overnight.
Several homes were damaged and possibly two businesses destroyed in the community of Evarts, located in Harlan County. Also in Harlan County, Kentucky Utilities report 490 customers are still without power, down from 6,700 late last night. Bell and Whitley counties also reported numerous trees down.
A Powell County man is expected to be released from the hospital today after being struck by lightning yesterday afternoon.
Fulton County officials reported damage to a residence and a church. The Paducah National Weather Service will evaluate the damage today and determine if the damage was the result of a tornado.
KYEM will continue to monitor the situation 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.
Flooding may occur in low-lying areas from heavy rains associated with this storm. If you encounter water over a roadway remember - "STOP TURN AROUND DON'T DROWN!"
If you encounter down power lines, DO NOT APPROACH, call your local utility provider or call 911.
Road conditions throughout the state can be found on the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's website at www.511.ky.gov or by calling 511 in Kentucky or 1-866-737-3767 for out-of-state callers.
Additional information, including weather safety tips and links to weather sites can be found at www.kyem.ky.gov and www.weather.gov . Here you can also follow KYEMPIO on Twitter and like us on Facebook.