Andy tweeted, “We end the day with more heartbreaking news from Eastern Kentucky. We can confirm that the death toll has risen to 37, with many still missing. ” beshearGovernor of a South-Central American state.
“Let us pray for these families and come together to wrap our arms around our fellow Kentuckians,” he said.
Beshear said he expected the death toll to continue to rise as search and rescue teams spread to flood-hit areas and recovered more bodies.
Their efforts were hampered by more rain on Monday, with a series of new storms coming overnight.
“If things weren’t hard enough for the people in this area, they’re going to rain now,” Beshear said earlier in the day. “There is a possibility of severe thunderstorms in all the affected areas today.
“This is not correct.”
The National Weather Service issued flood watches for most Eastern Kentucky For evening and Tuesday morning, warnings have been issued that “a group of storms are expected to advance in the area tonight.”
The weather agency tweeted, “Heavy rainfall rates that can cause severe thunderstorms as well as flash floods are possible.”
Last week, some areas of eastern Kentucky received more than eight inches (20 centimeters) of rain in a 24-hour period, causing unprecedented flooding.
The water level on the North Fork of the Kentucky River in Whitesburg rose by 20 feet within hours, well above its previous record of 14.7 feet.
Some areas of the mountainous Appalachia region are still inaccessible after floods, which turned roads into rivers, washed away bridges and washed away homes.
The flood affected an area of Kentucky that was already plagued by poverty – driven by the decline of the coal industry that was the heart of its economy.
President Joe Biden has issued a disaster declaration for the state, allowing federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts.
The Eastern Kentucky floods are the latest in a series of extreme weather events that scientists say are an unmistakable sign of climate change. About 60 people were killed by a tornado in western Kentucky in December 2021.