Shocking photos show devastated people across Kentucky waking up this morning after multiple tornadoes tore through their state and five others.
More than 70 people are believed to have died in Kentucky alone in what Governor Andy Beshear called “the most severe tornado event in Kentucky’s history.”
In an updated news conference late Saturday morning, Beshear said the death toll “could in fact exceed 100 before the day is over.”
“I believe this will be the deadliest tornado system ever to run through Kentucky,” Beshear said.
An estimated four tornadoes are likely to have ripped through the state, one of which has traveled more than 200 miles west of the state, according to reports.
This is “something we’ve never seen before,” says Beshear.
The National Guard was deployed and a state of emergency was declared in Kentucky.
“We’re going to get through this,” Beshear said at his press conference.
“We will rebuild, we are strong, resilient people.”
President Joe Biden was briefed on the situation and is expected to make comments later on Saturday.
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According to reports, more than 100 tornado warnings were issued by the National Weather Service yesterday.
MINING IN MAYFIELD, KENTUCKY
A candle factory in Mayfield, Kentucky Its roof was ripped off, with potentially more than 100 workers thought to have been there at the time the tornado tore it apart.
Only about 40 people were rescued.
According to Beshear, the last known successful rescue was made around 3:30 a.m. local time.
Just after 3 p.m. ET, Mayfield Mayor Kathy O’Nan confirmed to CNN that no recovery had been made at that candle factory.
Ivy Williams, told CNN, that his wife is working in a candle factory and hasn’t been heard from.
They have been together for 30 years, the man said.
“I was looking for you,” Williams said in a sob.
STORAGE ROOF OFF AT ILLINOIS
In Edwardsville, Illinois, a search is underway after an Amazon warehouse roof was ripped off.
Two people have been confirmed dead and several others injured in the incident, according to reports.
Reports indicate that around 30 people were able to escape the warehouse, located about 20 minutes outside of St Louis.
“We are deeply saddened by the news that members of our Amazon family have passed away as a result of the hurricane in Edwardsville, Illinois,” read a statement from Amazon.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their loved ones and all those affected by the tornado.”
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