Gov. Andy Beshear declares State of Emergency for Kentucky ahead of severe weather

Kentucky is under a State of Emergency because of the weather. Gov. Beshear declared it today after warning people in the Jackson Purchase Region
Published: Mar. 31, 2023 at 2:46 PM CDT|Updated: Mar. 31, 2023 at 4:19 PM CDT
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (KFVS) - Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear has declared a state of emergency.

In a statement, Beshear’s office noted the Jackson Purchase area has a “high probability of producing long-track, violent tornadoes.”

The area was also hit by tornados in December 2021.

“If you are in Western Kentucky, you need to be in a safe shelter by 5 p.m. Central Time,” Beshear said. “This is the worst forecast I’ve seen as Governor. I am declaring a state of emergency so that we can be prepared. We are taking this very seriously and we need you to take this seriously, too. Please be prepared. Let’s do everything possible to keep everyone safe.”

All state offices are closing at 3 p.m. on Friday, March 31, 2023.

The governor activated the state’s price gouging laws.

“Practice going there before the weather arrives. A storm shelter or a basement is the best. An interior hallway away from windows is the second best. If you are in a mobile home, get out. Be somewhere safe long before this hits. Go to a neighbor’s house, an underground shelter or a nearby permanent structure,” Beshear said.