An Amazon employee tried to warn colleagues, a judge who is a father of three and a toddler who are victims of deadly tornadoes.
Rescuers were frantically searching for survivors early Sunday morning after dozens of devastating tornadoes tore through six US states, leaving at least 83 people dead, dozens missing and towns dilapidated.
Kentucky and especially the town of Mayfield seems to have given birth to the burden of twisters.
A candle factory where 110 workers worked overnight shifts to meet Christmas demand was flattened by a hurricane.
Elsewhere, six Amazon warehouse workers is believed to have been killed when a tornado hit a facility in Edwardsville, Illinois, and trapped 100 workers inside on Friday.
Among those confirmed dead was Clayton Hope, a 29-year-old maintenance worker and Navy veteran who tried to warn colleagues.
“He just said he needed to tell someone that [the tornado] will come,” said his mother, Carla Cope The Daily Beast.
“He’s got a big heart and he’s a very sweet man.”
Clayton’s mother went to the barn after the storm passed on Friday, looking for her son. Hours later, she learned from authorities that Clayton had not participated.
“[It was] Cope said.
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When Clayton is not at work, his mother says that he “loves riding his Harley and fishing”.
Longtime friend Leighton Grothaus describes him as “one of those nice guys” who “buys a drink for anyone at the bar”.
He added: “He’s the kind of guy who takes off his shirt and shows his back to anyone.
Meanwhile, in Kentucky judge Brian Crick, a married father of three was named among about 70 people killed in the tornado.
Chief Justice John D. Minto confirmed his death in a statement.
“This is a shocking loss to his family, the community and the court system, and his family is praying for us,” he said.
Also among those killed was a three-year-old toddler who died when a tornado flattened his family home in Mayfield, most of which had already been flattened.
Neighbor Angela Wheeler described how she witnessed the boy’s family screaming for help from their razed home.
She told WLWT5 the house she owns did not collapse, but was deflected from the foundation, trapping the family in the basement before they escaped through the window.
“Like people say, it was like a roar and it moved the house where we were and almost sent us down into the basement,” she said.
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