Gov. Steve Beshear, Ky., declared a state of emergency Tuesday after a deadly tornado swept through the eastern Kentucky town of Obion County, leaving at least seven people dead. Beshear also asked for assistance from President Barack Obama’s administration.
Beshear said Tuesday night that officials had confirmed seven deaths, three of which were in Obion County.
The National Weather Service also confirmed at least three tornado touchdowns near Obion and Crawford counties, according to the Associated Press. According to ABC news, there were numerous injuries and numerous buildings damaged or destroyed.
More than 700 people were displaced by the storm and many were currently sheltering in a local high school. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said on Tuesday night that the affected areas would receive overtime pay for traffic control and disaster assistance. According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, utility workers were also on their way to help restore power.