Over 50 dead, thousands without power following tornadoes disaster across 5 states

Over 50 dead, thousands without power following tornadoes disaster across 5 states

Over 50 dead, thousands without power following tornadoes disaster across 5 states

At least 200,000 of homes and businesses were left without power as the sun rose to disclose the path of so much damage from the storms.

View of the damage at an, Inc warehouse after a tornado passed through Edwardsville, Illinois.

Not less than 50 people died as tornadoes rip across five states overnight, causing a train to derail and damaging a candle factory in Western Kentucky, tearing the roof off an Amazon warehouse in Illinois and destroy utterly a nursing home in Arkansas. Officials cautioned the death toll may rise as daybreak discloses the extent of the damage.

Hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses across seven states were as well without power as the sun rose to divulge the path of destruction from the storms.

Interior view of tornado damage to Emmanuel Baptist Church on December 11, 2021 in Mayfield, Kentucky. Multiple tornadoes tore through parts of the lower Midwest late on Friday night, leaving a large path of destruction.
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There were not less than 110 people working in the factory in Mayfield, Kentucky, when the storm hit, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear stated at a news conference Saturday morning.

“We believe we’ll lose at least dozens of those individuals,”

the Democratic governor said during an early morning news conference, The Associated Press reported. It’s very hard, really tough, and we’re praying for each and every one of those families.”

It’s probably to go down as

“the most significant tornado event in Kentucky’s history,”

Beshear said, as stated by the Louisville Courier Journal. Four probable tornadoes tore through many counties across the state, with one storm ripping across southwestern Tennessee and the western half of Kentucky.

Mayfield, a town of almost 10,000 people in Kentucky’s western corner, suffered some of the worst of the demolitions. In addition to the candle factor, social media posts revealed major damage to homes and other buildings in the city, inclusive of the town’s historic courthouse. National Guard troops were moved to help the community.

Crews on the scene of a train derailment likely caused by the Friday night tornado near Earlington, Kentucky.

The storms as well led a CSX company fright train to derail in the city of Madisonville in western Kentucky, Reuters reported. Initial reports revealed no injuries.

Three storm-related deaths were established in Tennessee, the AP reported.

In Edwardsville, Illinois, close to St. Louis, not less than 2 people died and an undisclosed number were still trapped following the roof of an Amazon warehouse partially collapsed. Search and rescue operations continued operation early Saturday. MIke Fillback, Police Chief told the St. Louis Post Dispatch there were probably approximately 50 people in the building when the storms hit.

Emergency vehicles surround the site of an distribution warehouse with a collapsed roof, after storms hit the area of Edwardsville, Illinois.
Lawrence Bryant/REUTERS

The Graves County Courthouse was hit with a tornado.

The Monette Manor nursing home in Monette, Arkansas as well took a direct hit. One person was reported killed and five wound as the storm hit the facility, CBS News reported. Not less than 20 people had been trapped inside still all were accounted for early Saturday.


TORNADOES,    12/11/21 


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