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Storm recovery continues in Kentucky

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A downed tree in Lexington, Ky

Kentuckians are still cleaning up after Friday’s severe thunderstorms and strong winds. Crews are still working to determine the extent of the damage and at least two tornadoes have been confirmed in McCraken and Christian Counties in western Kentucky. Power continues to be restored as tree limbs struck lines and many poles were blown over or broken.

Officials held a press conference Saturday to give an update on the conditions throughout the commonwealth. Jeremy Slinker is the director for the Kentucky Department of Emergency Management. He said the power is still out for many people and that could lead to some dangers.

“There may be some folks running off of generators, always remember what we emphasize, do not use a generator indoors. If you use a generator indoors, then that can cause illness or death, so please be safe if you’re running off of generator power.”

Slinker said people need to still be alert for downed powerlines.

“Countless numbers of lines and poles are down, trees laying across them, always assume they’re hot. Never assume they’re not, don’t touch them, don’t cross them, don’t go around them, call your power company and report it. If it has any significant concerns like fire or sparks, call 911.”

Governor Beshear also said it could be until sometime today or later before power is fully restored. Buildings and homes were damages and multiple tractor trailers were blown over on Interstate 64 in Fayette County. At least five people have died as a result of the storms.

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Stan Ingold is WEKU's News Director. He has worked in public broadcasting for 18 years, starting at Morehead State Public Radio before spending the past 10 years at Alabama Public Radio. Stan has been honored with numerous journalism awards for his public radio reporting.
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