Biden Makes Emergency Declaration for Kentucky After Tornadoes Ravage State

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As we reported earlier, tornadoes left devastation in their wake across several states Friday night, including Illinois, Missouri, Tennessee, and Arkansas. But some of the worst damage happened in the commonwealth of Kentucky.



Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear declared a state of emergency on Friday, ordering the National Guard to position to search for survivors in multiple counties and carry out debris removal with the Division of Forestry.

Beshear also requested an emergency declaration from the White House, telling reporters he was told the government is sending resources their way.

The report continued:

Biden also spoke with Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear earlier Saturday “to express his condolences for the lives lost and the devastation that Kentucky experienced.”

In federal response to the disaster, the White House has now issued an emergency declaration for Kentucky, which allows recovery efforts to happen with FEMA’s assistance.


After speaking to the governors of Illinois, Arkansas, Kentucky, Missouri, and Tennessee, Biden made remarks, including about the personal impact of the ravaging storms.

But Biden apparently said more about what he thinks is causing the storms in first place, which my colleague Bonchie will cover in a forthcoming article. Stay tuned.


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