3 deaths reported, more expected

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said several deaths have been confirmed and hundreds of families in the commonwealth likely lost their homes as devastating flash flooding swept through Eastern Kentucky overnight Wednesday heading into Thursday morning.

In a press briefing Thursday, Beshear said the region had experienced a “tough night, and maybe an even tougher morning,” with more rain in the forecast later in the day. The governor had called a state of emergency, he said, the streets and homes in several counties throughout the region had been flooded after rain hit the eastern portion of the state overnight.

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

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