Former Vice President Joe Biden visiting Kentucky tornadoes damage

By Leonardo Haber, CNN • Updated 3rd September 2018

Former Vice President Joe Biden will travel to the Southern US to survey damage after a series of tornadoes devastated the region earlier this week, according to a CNN source.

The visits follow a powerful storm that ripped through the mid-Ohio Valley, with two tornadoes touching down in rural southern Kentucky. The extreme weather system spawned widespread damage, and CNN meteorologists have said the region could see another round of severe weather.

Biden is planning to visit late Thursday or early Friday, the source said. The former vice president was last in Kentucky in May, when he spoke at a fundraiser for Democratic congressional candidate Amy McGrath in Lexington.

The type of damage left behind in southern Kentucky is not uncommon for the area, as the state is prone to severe weather. In June, a tornado killed five people in Hardin County.

In Kentucky, where Biden plans to travel, nearly 150 people were injured, according to public safety officials. At least 30 people are missing, and 27 have been injured. As many as 300 homes were reportedly damaged, with 4,000 without power.

Officials have said the storm, which is believed to have been a direct hit, left a mess across a broad region. High winds lifted roofs from homes, overturned cars and caused widespread power outages.

More than 100 miles west, in nearby Louisville, Kentucky, a woman died Thursday in a pedestrian crash after a tree fell on her vehicle, officials said.

The tornadoes killed six people in North Carolina and North Dakota, officials said. Four people were killed by the storm in eastern North Carolina, and one died in Ohio. In Indiana, eight people died when a van carrying a semi-truck and tow truck overturned on Interstate 70.

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