- President Biden to visit hurricane-hit Kentucky
- Biden to take stock of damages at Mayfield and Dawson Springs
Mayfield (Kentucky, US):At least five states, including Kentucky County, have killed many people in tornado-related incidents. Officials warned on Monday that the impact of the storm could disrupt power supply for another few weeks, raising concerns about freezing measures and water shortages likely to persist.
Kentucky officials said damage from tornadoes that hit Friday night was hindering them from restoring services. The dead included a two-month-old girl and a 94-year-old man. The devastation caused by the tornado has left more than 10,000 people homeless. Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear said on Monday that 64 people had died in the state alone. At least 14 more people died in the other states of Illinois, Tennessee, Arkansas and Missouri. Search is on for the missing people.
President Joe Biden said on Monday that he would visit Kentucky on Wednesday to take stock of the damage caused by the devastating storm. Biden made the announcement after a meeting with Home Security and Disaster Response officials in the Oval Office. In the meeting, he discussed helping Kentucky and other affected states. The White House said it would visit Fort Campbell, Kentucky, for a meeting on relief and rescue operations, and then take stock of damage in storm-hit Mayfield and Dawson Springs.
Biden said he was planning the itinerary in consultation with local officials to ensure that his visit does not affect the ongoing emergency relief operations there. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Monday that the president would focus on meeting local officials during his visit to Kentucky. At the same time, cold has already started in Northern California with strong winds, rain and snow, which is expected to intensify on Monday. The officials of the Meteorological Department have warned of disruption of traffic in the hilly areas.
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