Kentucky emergency operations officials assess storm damage

By: Whitney Wetzel Email
By: Whitney Wetzel Email

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - The Emergency Operations Center is quiet now, but Sunday night it was busy with emergency officials preparing to respond to a possible disaster.

Storms swept through the Midwest Sunday, leaving damage across much of the region. Most of Kentucky was hit with heavy wind and rain, and in some areas even a few tornadoes were reported. The most damage is in the western part of the state where several twisters were reported and winds blew the roof off of some homes.

Officials at the State Emergency Operations Center say as the storm traveled east through Kentucky, it weakened by the time it got to the I-65 corridor. That saved the majority of the eastern part of the state from seeing severe damage.

"It's probably the most severe storm we've seen in 2013," says Charles O'Neill, Assistant Director of Kentucky Emergency Management. "We've had a number of outbreaks but this one was probably, as far as damage, the most severe we've seen in this calendar year."

Emergency officials will take the information they receive from assessing the damage and determine whether the state is eligible for federal funding. Although, officials at the Emergency Operations Center say the state likely will not have enough damage to apply for federal funding.

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