Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear addressed the media Monday after a series of deadly tornados rampaged through the American heartland, confirming at least 64 fatalities but warning “there will be more.”
“There will be more. We believe it will certainly be above 70, maybe even 80,” he said. “But again with this amount of damage and rubble it may be a week or even more before we have a final count on the number of lost lives.”
“I know like the folks in western Kentucky, I’m not doing so well today and I’m not sure how many of us are,” he said. “I was working on getting the confirmed deaths this morning and realized I was writing on the back of notes that one of my kids took from school.
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“And here it was it is – it’s notes on inertia. It means that an object that is in motion will stay in motion. So we are going to keep putting one foot in front of the other and push through this. Everybody out there get the help you need, take care of yourself and we will continue to provide updates,” he continued. “To the people of Western Kentucky, we are not going anywhere. We are going to be with you today, we are going to be with you tomorrow and we are going to be there with you to rebuild.”
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'APOCALYPTIC': Extent of Hurricane Dorian’s Damage Emerges in the Bahamas, Rescue Efforts Underway
The “apocalyptic” damage inflicted on the Bahamas by Hurricane Dorian began to emerge Wednesday; with rescue crews arriving after the powerful storm stalled over the island chain for nearly 40 years.
“Hurricane Dorian carved a path of destruction through the Bahamas and relief officials on Tuesday were preparing for a humanitarian crisis after one of the most powerful storms ever to hit the islands killed at least five people, with the scale of the disaster as yet unknown,” reports Reuters.
“Right now there are just a lot of unknowns,” Parliament member Iram Lewis said. “We need help.”
“We are in the midst of one of the greatest national crises in our country’s history,” said Prime Minister Hubert Minnis.
“The devastation is unlike anything that we’ve ever seen before,” added the National Security Minister. “We’re beginning to get on the ground, get our people in the right places. We have a lot of work in the days and weeks and months ahead.”
“The U.S. may be getting a little bit lucky with respect to Hurricane Dorian, but please don’t let down your guard. As it heads up the coast, lots of very bad and unpredictable things can happen! On the other hand, the Bahamas have been devastated. We are sending crews to help!” posted the President on social media.
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The storm is currently moving northwest off the Florida coast and could strike North Carolina by midnight.
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'TOO LATE TO LEAVE': Hurricane Michael Could Strengthen to CAT 5, Landfall in Hours
Hurricane Michael is gathering strength and picking up steam as it heads towards the coast of Florida’s panhandle Wednesday; potentially becoming a Category 5 storm as it makes landfall later today.
“As powerhouse Michael, a Category 4 hurricane, hurtled closer to the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday, the supercharged storm had maximum sustained winds of 150 mph – just seven miles shy of a Category 5,” warned USA Today.
“It’s our first storm (forecast) to be on top of us,” said one longtime resident. “We’ve had a number of them come into the Gulf, and either come to the left or the right of us. But never on top of us.”
“The time to evacuate coastal areas has come and gone,” said Florida Governor Rick Scott. “If you are in an inland county you might have one more chance to evacuate, but only if local officials say it is safe.”