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Local and state emergency officials urge citizens to use extreme caution following Friday's severe storms and tornadoes that caused widespread damage, injuries and loss of life.
The Kentucky Department of Public Health reports 20 fatalities from the storms, and more than 300 people have been reported injured.
After visiting some of the worst impacted areas on Saturday, Gov. Steve Beshear warned Kentuckians to heed warnings from emergency managers to stay off the roads and away from affected communities.
"Unfortunately, after a disaster like the one we have experienced, people take to the road for one of two reasons: to offer unsolicited help, or to tour the damage. That's not helpful to our emergency responders," said Gov. Beshear.
"Our emergency responders and National Guard troops need immediate and unfettered access to our roads, and they can't effectively continue that work if they're fighting traffic."
People who want to offer assistance to affected communities should contact their local Red Cross chapter for information.
Emergency managers strongly discourage people from traveling to these communities to offer help.