"Our region has suffered catastrophic loss from the deadly storms that swept across the state over the last two days. My staff and I have been in contact with the Governor's office, FEMA and Kentucky emergency management officials, along with local first responders and volunteers. I commend all of our dedicated emergency response teams and the Kentucky National Guard who have been diligently working to save lives and provide immediate assistance. The people of Southern and Eastern Kentucky are always resilient, and now it is time to pray and band together once more. Cynthia and I send our deepest sympathies to those who have lost loved ones and we offer our prayers for peace and strength across the region."