Devastating tornadoes hit parts of Kentucky

A devastating tornado damaged the town of Mayfield, Kentucky on Dec. 11.

Tornadoes and severe weather caused catastrophic damage across multiple states on Friday night and early Saturday morning. Western Kentucky was devastated by the storms and tornadoes.

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear said at a news conference Saturday that the death toll may exceed 100.

Eastern Kentucky University President David McFaddin shared his thoughts and condolences in a message on Saturday.

“Words cannot express how devastated our Colonel Community is for those impacted by last night’s storms in Western Kentucky. Earlier today, I reached out to WKU President Timothy C. Caboni and offered EKU’s assistance to our Hilltopper brothers and sisters,” McFaddin wrote in a post on Facebook.

McFaddin said the university is focused on helping those in western Kentucky and especially EKU students who may have gone home for winter break.

McFaddin continued, “Currently, our #EKU team is contacting our EKU students residing in West Kentucky who returned home for winter break to ensure their safety and see if they need assistance during this challenging time.”

In a statement from U.S. Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) regarding the overnight tornadoes and severe weather in Kentucky, he said, “I am praying for the lives lost and communities impacted by the tornado devastation throughout the Commonwealth. Thank you to the first responders and the National Guard for their brave efforts amid this tragedy. As I continue to get reports from my staff, local and state officials, we will work with the entire Kentucky federal delegation to support Governor Andy Beshear's request for federal assistance in order to aid these hard-hit communities with the funding and resources they need to rebuild.”

Kentucky Senate minority leader Morgan McGarvey released a statement on Sunday in part saying, “Our Commonwealth is hurting. This is the worst tornado disaster in Kentucky’s history. Communities across Kentucky have been devastated. Chris and I join everyone in prayer for those who lost their lives, were injured and who lost homes, businesses and belongings. We also know that here in Kentucky we take care of each other, and that Kentuckians stand ready and eager to help their neighbors.” 

McGarvey thanked the governor for his quick and decisive action during this tragedy and for mobilizing all of the state’s resources. McGarvey said he is also grateful to President Biden for immediately granting the request for federal aid.

Governor Beshear has established the Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund to assist those impacted by the tornados. All donations to the Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund are tax-deductible and donors will receive a receipt for tax purposes after donating.

For more information on ways you can help those affected by the storms and tornadoes in Kentucky, visit

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