A deadly cluster of tornadoes ripped across the U.S. State of Kentucky the weekend of December 11, destroying entire small towns and thousands of homes across multiple Western Kentucky counties. Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear said on Friday that the death toll was up to 77 people, making the tornado outbreak the deadliest in the state’s history.
SpaceX delivered Starlink Kits to the region affected by the tornadoes, according to a report by a local newspaper The Paducah Sun. SpaceX materials flow Engineer Austin Marshall, who is a native of Possum Trot, Kentucky, delivered the first Starlink Kits that include all necessary equipment to connect affected communities to the satellite internet service. “I like coming back home, but I wish the circumstances were better,” he told The Paducah Sun, “I’m the one who put it all together. I saw there was a need. […] This is what we’re doing, is building a satellite internet constellation. It’s in Beta right now; we’re testing it out in the northern latitudes of North America and other countries. This is the first time it’s been in Kentucky, and they just turned on this area because of the disaster,” he shared. According to the report, 20 Starlink kits were delivered and 40 more kits have been requested by the local government authorities to enable first-responders and communities to communicate. The kits were delivered to the University of Kentucky and the Federal Emergency Management Agency that coordinated deliveries to Graves County, Marshall County, Caldwell County and Bowling Green County – the zones that faced the destructive force of the tornadoes. Read more in The Paducah Sun article linked below.
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While the physical structure that housed the UK Research and Education Center is gone, our people are safe.
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