by Michael Monks
THE RIVER CITY NEWS MORE COVINGTON NEWS THAN ANY OTHER SOURCE
DEATH TOLL RISES TO 19; 300 INJURED Herald-Leader
GOVERNOR BESHEAR IN PINER AS TOUR OF DEVASTATION CONTINUES
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear is expected to assess the damage in southern Kenton County after having already been to devastated West Liberty and other communities:
Gov. Beshear will view damages in West Liberty (Morgan County), Salyersville (Magoffin County), and Piner (Kenton County) today along with Adjutant General Ed Tonini, Senator Damon Thayer, of Georgetown, and Senator Robert Stivers, of Manchester. Lt. Gov. Abramson will visit East Bernstadt in Laurel County.
More than 220 National Guard Troops have been deployed to assist Johnson, Laurel, Magoffin, Menifee and Morgan counties with storm-related damages.
The Kentucky Department of Public Health has reported a total of 17 fatalities reported to the agency by local coroners. Due to a discrepancy in reporting, the number of fatalities in Menifee has been changed. Four fatalities have been reported in Laurel County, four in Morgan County, three in Kenton County, two in Johnson County, two in Menifee County, and two in Lawrence County. Approximately 300 injuries have been reported.
Gov. Beshear declared a statewide emergency Friday to allow local officials immediate access to state resources to assist in public safety and recovery efforts. Ten counties have declared states of emergency: Bath, Campbell, Johnson, Kenton, Laurel, Lawrence, Magoffin, Pendleton, Rowan, and Trimble counties as well as the city of Paintsville.
Trained spotters and law enforcement officers throughout the state reported 13 tornadoes in Kentucky, according to Kentucky Emergency Management.
SEE ALSO: State Senator Damon Thayer is traveling with the governor and is offering constant updates via Twitter.
SEE ALSO: More than 1100 people have already joined an NKY Facebook group to share information and to help rally support and supplies for the victims of Friday's storms Click Here
FUND SET UP TO HELP KENTUCKY STORM VICTIMS
The Kentucky Cares campaign has been set up in the Lexington area. Click the link for details including a simple number to text to share a small donation.
From State Rep. Addia Wuchner:
"Thank you to my NKY Caucus, Boone Co. Sheriff Dept, the good people of Boone Co., Cong. Davis' family and Sam's Club Flo. for your generosity and prayers extended to the citizens of Piner, KY. We are headed to Piner with truckful of water and supplies to meet up with Rep. Koenig and Gov."|
Kenton Co. Schools:
The Kenton County School District will collect donations for the tornado victims devastated by yesterday’s horrific tornado at Twenhofel Middle School, tomorrow - SUNDAY, 3/4/12 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Needed items are clothing, nonperishable items, and cash. Twenhofel is located at 11846 Taylor Mill Road, Independence, KY. No schools were damaged in the storm. Classes are scheduled as usual on Monday morning.|
Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission:
Northern Kentucky Community Neighborhood Centers in Florence, Covington, and Newport will be open Today (Saturday) from 12:00 to 3:00 to accept donations - food, water, clothes, cleaning supplies for the victims. Spread the word! Here is a list of our locations.|
Northern Kentucky Paranormal Society:
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NEWS FROM AROUND THE STATE AND NATION:
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