• At least 15 people are dead as devastating floodwaters swept through parts of Kentucky, Gov. Andy Breshear told CNN. 
  • "We've never seen something like this," Breshear said. 
  • Some areas saw more rain Thursday night into Friday, but a break is expected for most of the weekend. 

At least 15 people are dead as floodwaters in Kentucky crashed into homes and swept away cars, Gov. Andy Breshear told CNN's "New Day."

And the governor said he expects that the death toll could double by the time floodwaters recede.

"There's going to be multiple families that we've lost," Beshear told CNN on Friday morning. "Kids that won't get the opportunity to grow up and experience so much that we have." 

"We've never seen something like this," he added. 

More than 23,000 people in the state remained without power as of Thursday night, according to Kentucky power. 

Members of the Winchester, Kentucky, Fire Department walk inflatable boats across flood waters over Kentucky State Road 15 in Jackson, Kentucky to pick up people stranded by the floodwaters Thursday, July 28, 2022. Foto: Timothy D. Easley/Associated Press

More rain fell in areas of the state Thursday night, with a break expected from Friday night until Sunday when more storms are predicted to arrive, according to the National Weather Service. 

Beshear declared a state-wide state of emergency Thursday morning and on Thursday night tweeted that he made a "direct request" to President Joe Biden for federal assistance in the aftermath of the floods. 

Members of the Lexington, Winchester, and Clark County Fire Departments and emergency medical services, coordinate efforts to get evacuees across the flooded Troublesome Creek in Jackson, Kentucky, Thursday, July 28, 2022. Foto: Timothy D. Easley/Associated Press

The national guard was deployed to help with rescue efforts. On Thursday, Maj. Gen. Hal Lamberton of the Kentucky Nation Guard said crews were working to make contact with people stranded in their homes — many of them seeking refuge on their roofs. 

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