Just a few weeks after a round of devastating tornadoes and severe thunderstorms ripped through several different areas of Kentucky, the state was once again pounded by nasty weather, causing damage to several areas.
According to the Washington Examiner, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear (D) was forced to declare yet another state of emergency in order to round up the required government assistance needed for clean-up and restoration efforts, and to take care of the residents of the state that have been forced out of their homes.
The governor released a new statement behind the new state of emergency order, referencing a round of storms that hammered parts of the state with flood-level rains on New Year’s Day.
“It is devastating that we are once again experiencing severe weather just weeks after the deadly tornadoes hit Western Kentucky,” Beshear wrote. “Sadly, some counties have been affected by both of these events.”
Michael Dossett, the director of the state’s emergency management, also released a detailed statement concerning the latest round of severe weather impact to the state.
“Unfortunately, we continue to experience severe weather in the commonwealth as we move into the new year, with impacts across our south-central counties experiencing heavy rainfall, flash flooding, tornado strikes, and continuous squall lines,” Dossett wrote.
He added: “Please give way to emergency responders operating in numerous counties and stay off of transportation routes today if at all possible.”
While parts of the state experienced down power lines, power outages, and downed trees, luckily, nobody was killed in the most recent round of bad weather, which is a stark contrast to the devastating loss of life the state experienced several weeks ago.
According to USA Today, 77 people lost their lives during the tornado outbreak last year, making it easily the state’s most devastating severe weather event in history. Towns such as Mayfield were nearly completely leveled, and experts believe it could take years to rebuild.