As of Monday afternoon, Dec. 13, nearly 26,000 customers were still without power after hurricanes and tornadoes wreaked havoc on Kentucky on Friday night, Dec. 10.
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear proclaimed a state of emergency on Friday night, Dec. 10, stating that the national guard had been sent and that he had asked for federal aid.
Kentucky is not the only state in the United States that has been without electricity due to recent severe storms. Due to high winds that slammed Michigan and New York over the weekend, more than 43,000 individuals in Michigan and over 26,000 people in New York are currently without power.
Power disruptions have also been caused by the terrible weather in California, with over 35,000 people still without power. Over the weekend, California was hit by its first winter storm, with Sacramento being the most hit on Monday morning, Dec. 13.
A candle plant in Mayfield, Kentucky, and an Amazon warehouse in Illinois were devastated by the storm.
“This has been one of the toughest nights in Kentucky history and some areas have been hit in ways that are hard to put into words. To all of our Kentucky families that are impacted by this, we want you to know that we are here for you, we love you, and we are praying for you,” said the Kentucky governor.
“We will get make it through this, we will rebuild,” Beshear went on to say. “We are strong, resilient people, and we will be there every step of the way.”
The governor encouraged residents to receive the support they needed.
“Everybody get the help you need, take care of yourself, and we’ll continue to provide updates. To the people of Western Kentucky, we’re not going anywhere. We’re going to be with you today, we’re going to be with you tomorrow, and we’re going to be there with you to rebuild,” he said according to The Daily Wire.