Gov. Steve Beshear issues statement concerning Oklahoma tornado


Web Editor - Mason Stevenson

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear issued a statement Tuesday in response to the deadly Oklahoma tornadoes.

He said, "We grieve with those in Oklahoma affected by the devastating tornado damage and loss of life. Kentuckians are well familiar with the ravages of disasters like tornadoes, and we send our deepest sympathies to those who are suffering now," Gov. Steve Beshear said. "Jane and I, on behalf of all Kentuckians, also send our support, and our hope, as Oklahomans begin their recovery and rebuilding efforts. Our thoughts and prayers go out to them."

The tornado that hit Moore, Oklahoma Monday, was an EF-5 twister.  That's according to the National Weather Service.  They said winds reached at least 200 miles per hour.

Officials upgraded the storm from an EF-4 after taking a closer look at the damage on the ground.

The weather service says the tornado's path was 17 miles long and 1.3 miles wide.
Officials say Monday's twister is the first EF-5 tornado of this year.