KENTUCKY (WEHT) – Governor Andy Beshear updated Kentuckians on weather conditions in the commonwealth and the state’s response.

Governor Andy Beshear briefed Kentuckians ahead of severe storms that are expected to produce damaging winds, isolated tornadoes and excessive rainfall across much of the state and declared a state of emergency.

Kentucky Emergency Management Director Jeremy Slinker says, “It’s time to put our ‘Severe Weather Awareness Week’ plans into action. Make sure that if you have to travel, you have an emergency kit in your car, and that you have an emergency kit at home filled with food, water, first aid kits, batteries and rain gear. And always remember, if you see a road that’s flooded: Turn around and don’t drown.”

Director Slinker also reminded Kentuckians to never put generators indoors and to use them 8-10 feet outside of their residence where there’s no chance of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Governor Beshear said that earlier this morning, state employees were notified that state office buildings would close at 10 a.m. Central to make sure employees had time to get home safely. Many state employees will still be working remotely to make sure critical government services remain available.

The Governor thanked the school districts that closed schools for the day so students, teachers and school staff could stay safe at home. He also thanked local officials and emergency management leaders for taking action locally to prepare for the storms.

The Governor asked Kentuckians to avoid calling 911 for traffic and weather updates. The Kentucky State Police requests that if you see or suspect that someone is stranded on the roadways, contact KSP at 800-222-5555.