At least 11 dead, widespread damage in Bowling Green, Kentucky

President Joe Biden approved an emergency declaration for Kentucky

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- Officials reported at least 11 dead in the southern Kentucky town of Bowling Green where an EF-3 tornado ripped through the area with estimated winds of around 150 mph during the overnight hours of Saturday morning.

The Warren County Coroner told affiliate WKBO that 11 casualties were storm-related deaths.

Local media reported that number had increased to 12 on Sunday.

The National Weather Service Office in Louisville surveyed damage during the daylight hours and estimated that winds reached at least 150 mph.

Several homes and businesses were damaged throughout the town, including the National Corvette Museum Motorsports Park.

The NCM Motorsports Park reported the track area sustained significant damage, and all events were canceled until further notice.

Damage was also reported around Western Kentucky University. The university said all students and staff were accounted for.

The EF-3 tornado that struck the southern Kentucky town was one of dozens that were reported during the December outbreak that impacted six states

The Governor said he feared Kentucky’s death toll could top 100 victims.