WESTERN KY (3/21/12) - Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) activated the Commonwealth Emergency Operations Center (CEOC) to Level II earlier this morning in response to the severe weather system that moved into the western regions of the Commonwealth.
At Level II the CEOC is staffed with additional KYEM support staff and personnel from the National Weather Service. The CEOC tracks and maintains situational awareness and response to requests for assistance.
KYEM officials continue communication with Governor Steve Beshear’s office as several counties have reported possible tornado sightings with related damage to businesses and residences. Several injuries have been reported.
Officials warn some flooding may occur in low-lying areas from heavy rains associated with this storm and advise if you encounter water over a roadway remember – “STOP TURN AROUND DON’T DROWN!”
If you encounter down power lines, do not approach, but call your local utility provider or call 911.
Avoid travel in the damaged areas, stay indoors and continue to monitor local media and NOAA Weather Alert Radio.
Road conditions throughout the state can be found on the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's website at www.511.ky.gov or by calling 511 in Kentucky or 1-866-737-3767 for out-of-state callers.
Additional information, including weather safety tips and links to weather sites can be found at www.kyem.ky.gov.
Information provided by KY Emergency Management
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