Governor: No one still missing in Kentucky after tornadoes
NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) – All those missing in Kentucky after tornadoes swept through the state last weekend have been identified, Gov. Andy Beshear said on Saturday.
Beshear praised the report from state emergency management officials and said he hoped it meant no one else in Kentucky would be found dead from the storm.
“How about some good news today? Beshear said Saturday at the start of a briefing on the recovery efforts. “At the moment, the number of people missing based on this tornado event is zero.”
The Democratic governor said the 78 people killed in what he described as the most destructive tornado event in state history were still “a huge number of Kentuckians to lose.”
“We mourn with their families,” he said.
There was some confusion over the number of deaths, Beshear said, as his staff believe there were 78 deaths, although state emergency management officials and the health department of the State put the current number at 75.
Beshear said officials were working to resolve the gap and added, “I hope they are right,” referring to health and emergency management officials.
In Tennessee, meanwhile, officials have confirmed that a fifth person in that state has died from the storms that struck during the same weather system.
The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency said the additional death occurred in Lake County, where two other deaths from the storm also occurred. The other deaths were in Obion and Shelby counties, the agency said.
At least 92 people have been confirmed dead in several states after more than 40 tornadoes hit a large area on December 10 and 11.
In Kentucky, Beshear said Federal Emergency Management Agency assistance had been extended to six more counties and relief benefits provided for funeral expenses had been increased to $ 10,000.
“They shouldn’t have to organize a cheap funeral for their loved one,” he said. “It is not fair.”
Beshear said some homes remain without power or subject to boil water advisories, and 944 Kentuckians have been accommodated in hotels or state parks.
Those in need of assistance can visit Disasterassistance.gov, download the FEMA app, or call 1-800-621-3362.
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