by Michael Monks
THE RIVER CITY NEWS MORE COVINGTON NEWS THAN ANY OTHER SOURCE
DEATH TOLL IN KENTUCKY REACHES 20
RECOVERY, CHARITABLE EFFORTS CONTINUE IN NKY
DEATH TOLL RISES Herald-Leader
Senator Mitch McConnell toured devastated West Liberty and shared these photos:
See more at the Senator's Facebook page.
Victims in Kenton County identified Local 12
Profiles of each victim from Greater Cincinnati Cincinnati Enquirer
FACTS ABOUT FRIDAY'S STORMS
National Weather Service confirms three separate violent tornadoes, with winds up to 120 mph. Hurricane-strength wind starts at 74 mph. In Kenton County, National Weather Service personnel made an initial determination that it was hit by an F3 (158 to 206 mph) tornado, according to emergency personnel. CNN reports the tornado that hit Indiana was an F4 (207 to 260 mph).More numbers and ways to help at the link.
SEE ALSO: The Courier-Journal maps the paths of destruction left by the tornadoes Click Here
SEE ALSO: National Weather Service reports that winds in Piner hit 160 MPH NWS
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KASICH TURNS DOWN FEDERAL AID FOR CLERMONT COUNTY:
The governor said Ohio can respond to the crisis without federal help and he would not ask federal authorities to declare the region a disaster area.Cincinnati Enquirer
“I believe that we can handle this,” Kasich said while visiting a shelter for storm victims at New Richmond High School. “We’ll have down here all the assets of the state.”
FUND SET UP FOR KENTUCKY STORM VICTIMS Herald-Leader
RED CROSS OPENS FOUR KENTUCKY SHELTERS Herald-Leader
NKY COUPLE FIND TREASURES AMONG THE RUINS Cincinnati Enquirer
HOW TO HELP IN NORTHERN KENTUCKY
Stay up to date on relief efforts at the NKY recovery Facebook group Click Here
Updated hours for the Sprint Store in Independence: 10A - 5P. Accepting all items except clothes - and not simply baby items. Items particularly needed include over the counter medicine such as Iburprofen, generators, plywood, nails, brooms, hammers. All collected items are being distributed to distribution sites in coordination with Piner Baptist Church.|
KENTON COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER
We have several animals that lost their homes in Southern Kenton County. They are waiting at the shelter to be reunited with their owners. If you would like to donate any pet items the shelter will be open Monday 10-5. All donations will leave the animals and their owners.NKY COMMUNITY ACTION
Neighborhood offices are open again Sunday till 3:00PM to collect donations Click Here
UPDATES FROM FACEBOOK
A request to have some volunteers at the Hampton Inn in Wilder at 9am to help load the clean laundry onto trucks. If you have some time to spare that would be appreciated.
The current need is now throwaway plates,cups,utensils, women's hygiene and pet food. Donations can be taken to the Sprint store, Hickory Grove Baptist or directly to Piner Baptist.
Twenhofel Middle School will be collecting donations tomorrow also.|
NEWSPAPERS CAPTURE GRIEF, URGENCY WITH SATURDAY COVERS
The American Copy Editors Society applauded newspapers from this region for their coverage of the tornadoes and ensuing recovery. The Cincinnati Enquirer received the highest praise:
The Cincinnati paper — smack in the middle of all the mess — came up with a great headline and a great lead photo full of emotion.
The picture by staffer Patrick Reddy shows a pajama-clad woman in Northern Kentucky’s Boone County, frantically searching through the rubble of her home for two puppies. The cutline tells us the two puppies were found by a neighbor.
I love the way the crop of that picture puts the emphasis on the woman. But if you zoom out on that crop, we see something very interesting in a plastic tub in front of the woman.
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Other covers receiving praise include: Herald-Leader, Courier-Journal, and the Maysville Ledger-Independent. Check out all eight at the link.