On Saturday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott made the call to send personnel to help the state of Kentucky after the deadly tornados devastated the area. According to KSAT, Governor Abbott approved the activation of 10 Texas A&M Task Force 1 personnel to assist the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
The Task Force will provide special technical gear and command and control equipment to assist members of FEMA. Dallas CBS stated the Task Force would help deploy the Central Incident Support Team cache.
Early Saturday morning, tornadoes and storms ripped through Kentucky causing a path of destruction.
KSAT wrote that Governor Abbott stated in a press release:
I have authorized the deployment of @txtf1 to assist our friends in Kentucky following the deadly tornadoes that shook their state overnight.
They will assist in recovery efforts.
I ask all Texans to join Cecilia & me in praying for those affected by these horrific tornadoes. pic.twitter.com/oaRa4K7xhl
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) December 11, 2021
The Kentucky Governor, Andy Beshear, fears as many as 100 people were killed from the violent storms.
The Governor stated:
“Earlier this morning at about 5 a.m. we were pretty sure that we would lose over 50 Kentuckians, now we are certain that that number is north of 70,” he said at a press conference late Saturday morning. “It may in fact end up exceeding 100 before the day is done.”
Governor Beshear called the tornado one of the most deadly tornado systems to run through Kentucky. The tornado also reached other places including Mayfield, Kentucky, Edwardsville, Illinois, and Monette, Arkansas.
Governor Beshear said:
“The State of Texas stands ready to assist our friends in Kentucky as they continue their response and recovery efforts in the wake of deadly tornadoes that shook the western portion of their state overnight,” said Governor Abbott. “Thank you to the members of Texas A&M Task Force 1 who are making their way to Western Kentucky to help those in need. I ask all Texans to join Cecilia and me in praying for those affected by these horrific tornadoes.”
Mayor Chris Smiley of Dawson Springs, Kentucky shared his thoughts on the tragedy.
"It's the worst thing I've ever seen," said Smiley, who's lived in the town for 63 years. "It's just devastating."
According to the National Weather Service, they stated that the tornado started Friday night and moved through central and southern United States. About 50 tornadoes were reported across eight states.