One TORNADO survivor said “all they could hear was screams” as a brutal torsion killed at least 100 people, including a toddler.
The mess flattened a candle factory in Mayfield, where about 110 employees were working the night shift.
Valeria Yanis tells USA Today that she was hiding under a fountain when the staff rushed to the bathroom to find cover.
“We couldn’t see anything,” she said. Everyone panicked. “Everything is on us. Roof, metal and stone. We were all stuck. There was a lot of shouting. ”
Valeria finds a tunnel and crawls out. She suffered injuries to her head, shoulder and leg.
Meanwhile, Lora Capps was on day 10 at the factory and she took shelter with a janitor when the storm made landfall. The pair fell into a hole under the debris.
She told ABC News: “He kept saying ‘I can’t breathe’ and I said ‘I’m trying.
“I just want his family to know I tried my best. I said, “Just go with God and I may follow you.”
Lora is found by a man holding a flashlight and she is reunited with her son.
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She thinks the event will “hurt” her for the rest of her life.
Another employee, known only as Dakota, recalled the moment debris began to fall on him and his co-workers.
He told ABC he found people with broken legs trying to dig out of the rubble.
Mayfield resident Jamel Alubahr, 25, said his three-year-old grandson died in the storm.
Neighbor Angela Wheeler described how she witnessed the boy’s family screaming for help from their razed home.
She told WLWT5 that her home had cracked from the foundation, trapping the whole family in the basement before they escaped through the window.
Angela added: ‘Like people say, it was like a roar and it moved the house where we were and almost sent us down to the basement.
Steve Wright, 61, said he helped a father pull his dead three-year-old from the rubble.
Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear told CNN Sunday: “I have towns that have disappeared. My father’s hometown, Paxton, has no place. It’s hard to describe.”
He said the state was making a strong rescue effort but warned that it would take time.
About 50,000 homes were without power and Beshear could not say how many people were reported missing.
He said the list of those who have not been counted in Dawson Springs is eight pages long.
The governor previously described the mayhem as one of the deadliest events in Kentucky’s history.
Beshear revealed that no one has been pulled from the wreckage alive since Saturday.
Elsewhere, six Amazon warehouse workers is believed to have died when a tornado hit a facility in Edwardsville, Illinois, and trapped 100 employees Friday.
Navy veteran and maintenance worker Clayton Cope, 29, tries to warn colleagues before the storm makes landfall.
His mother, Carla Cope, told The Daily Beast: “He just said he needed to tell someone that [the tornado] came. He has a big heart and he is a very sweet man. ”
Clayton’s mother went to the barn after the storm passed, looking for her son. Hours later, she learned from authorities that Clayton had not survived.
Longtime friend Leighton Grothaus described Clayton as “one of the good guys”.
The other victims were identified as Deandre S. Morrow, 28 years old; Kevin D. Dickey, 62 years old; Etheria S. Hebb 34 years old; Larry E. Virden, 46 years old; and Austin J. McEwen, 26 years old.
McEwen, the youngest victim, was an Amazon driver, who is believed to have died while sheltering in the bathroom with a co-worker.
Friends said he was an only child who liked to hunt with his friends.
‘ONE OF A TYPE’
“He’s a friend of mine and he didn’t make it,” colleague Brian Erdmann, who was on his way to the warehouse, told me. Reuters.
“If I had come back 45 minutes earlier, I would have been where I was. I would have been right there with him.”
Employees told Reuters they were told to hide in the bathroom when alerted about 40 minutes before the tornado hit.
“Our team worked quickly to ensure more employees and partners were able to reach the designated Shelter,” Amazon confirmed.
“We thank them for all they’ve been able to do.”
Etheria S. Hebb’s family describes her as a new mother, according to New York Post.
“She is a younger cousin of our generation, so I have always felt a huge connection, she is a new and dedicated mother, a natural beauty from heart to dawn. brilliant. [sic] outer beauty,” wrote her cousin Coerce Smith on Facebook.
Friends also described Morrow as a “very loyal friend.”
“I’m here to show how GREAT a FRIEND he has been to me all these years! I learned a lot from him during my school years, he soon taught me what loyalty is,” his ex-girlfriend wrote, according to the Post.
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