Kentucky floods devastate eastern part of state in overnight rain

Gov. Andy Beshear said deaths should be reported and hundreds of Commonwealth families likely lost their homes as devastating flash floods swept across eastern Kentucky overnight Wednesday into Thursday morning.

At a 9:30 a.m. Thursday press briefing, Beshear said the region had “a tough night, and maybe an even tougher morning,” with more rain in the forecast later in the day. The governor declared a state of emergency, he said, as streets and homes in several area counties were flooded after rain hit the eastern part of the state overnight.

A flood warning was in effect for several eastern Kentucky counties until 3 p.m. Thursday, according to the National Weather Service in Jackson. More than six inches of rain fell overnight across much of the region, a department meteorologist said.

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