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State of emergency declared for western Kentucky counties after tornado damage early Saturday

Posted at 1:11 AM, Dec 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-11 04:15:39-05

(LEX 18) — Governor Andy Beshear declared a state of emergency due to major damage in multiple western Kentucky counties.

He has called upon the Kentucky National Guard and the Kentucky State Police.

KSP shared in a statement they are responding to a severe tornado event that spreads throughout Western Kentucky. Significant damage has been reported.

"While no fatalities have been confirmed at this time, loss of life is expected. Multiple agencies from across the purchase area are responding."

"This is going to be some of the worst tornado damage we've seen in a long time," Gov. Beshear says in a Twitter video.

He also shares that he will personally visit the areas affected as soon as it is safe to travel.

The Governor will be providing an update at 5:00 a.m. LEX 18 will have the news conference live on TV and streaming.