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Many parts of Kentucky hit by two storms in one week

WEST LIBERTY, KY (WAVE) – In a town hit twice by storms inthree days Martha Hall, who cares for her bedridden brother, had no time to getto the basement before the tornado hit.

She said her family are some of the lucky ones, "I though itwas going to take us with it, it was so strong."

 State police said someof the fatalities happened out in the county, in torn apart homes, but someoccurred in the devastated county seat of West Liberty. The courthouse, cityhall, much of downtown reduced to rubble.

Utilities have been knocked out. Only first responders areallowed in. The crews are to keep looters out, and to give search and rescueteams and K-9 crews the room to look for the missing, building by building.

Police said there are people unaccounted for, and they couldbe buried in rubble, but with a chaotic and fluid situation ever since thetornado hit, they said some could just be elsewhere.  Lt. David J said, "Maybe at shelters or atloved ones homes so we really can't get an accurate count yet."  

John Sword said he had his own lock down when the tornadohit, shepherding 15 people children, sick elderly into this basement, "We  got them in and it was so strong my son and Iheld the door, we just thank the good lord we are all safe."

 In Kenton County Kentuckystorms killed three people. Governor Steve Beshear toured the damage Saturday. Acouple in their 70's was killed in their home, as was a 49-year-old man who wasdriving on US  25 when the storm hit.

An emergency shelter was set up by the Red Cross at theGrant County High School. Volunteers were asked to stay away from the areauntil downed power lines and other hazards were taken care of.

Rescuers went through all the buildings in the area twice tomake sure they found everyone. And governor Beshear got a call from President Obama,which gave the Governor an opportunity to lay the groundwork for requestingfederal assistance. He reminded the President that Kentucky had taken a doublehit from tornadoes over the past week.

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