Kentucky emergency management officials now say that at least eight people have died as a result of severe weather that tore across the commonwealth Friday afternoon.
Buddy Rogers with the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management told the Lexington Herald-Leader that four people were killed in Menifee County, three in Kenton County and one in Morgan County.
Governor Beshear has declared a statewide state of emergency in response to Friday’s severe weather, which included several tornado touchdowns.
Beshear says a statewide declaration will give local officials immediate access to state resources for public safety and recovery efforts.
The storms also caused some 23,000 power outages statewide.