Joe Biden visits Kentucky after tornado kills 12 children, 74 others

Dozens of children, including a two-month-old and five-month-old, were killed in Friday’s tornado in Kentucky (Image: Facebook/Douglas N Jackie Koon/Rex/Getty Images)

Dozens of children were among 74 people killed in Kentucky after a tornado tore through the state on Friday.

Kentuckians as young as 2 months and 98-year-olds were among those who died. Governor Andy Beshear said of the 12 children missing, two were under the age of one.

Searchers digging through rubble and debris have not discovered any more bodies in the past 24 hours.

Five other states are on the path to destruction, though Kentucky bears the brunt of the deaths. The tornadoes have killed at least 88 people, including 74 in Kentucky, officials said before the President. Joe BidenThe state visit was devastated on Wednesday.

Multiple tornadoes hit several Midwestern states late on Friday, causing widespread destruction and leaving scores dead and injured (Image: Getty Images)

‘I still hope we’ll find some more bodies. There’s just been so much devastation,’ Beshear said, adding that more than 100 people were still missing.

Most of those not on this list were working at the Mayfield Consumer Products candle factory, where 110 people were working when the tornado hit Friday night.

Only 40 people were rescued from the wreckage, and since then eight have been found dead, leaving fears that dozens more could also be killed.

Kentucky’s Workplace Safety Authority announced Monday that it will conduct a months-long review of the deaths, which the governor said is carried out whenever a worker is killed. In the work.

More than 40 people were rescued from inside the Mayfield Consumer Products candle factory on Friday (Image: Getty Images)

‘It should not be assumed that there was any wrongdoing. But what it’s going to make people believe, is that we’re going to get to the bottom of what happened,’ Beshear said.

In Illinois, a tornado tore through the walls and collapsed the roof of an Amazon warehouse in the town of Edwardsville, killing six people. At least four people in Tennessee were killed, as were two in Arkansas and two in Missouri.

The White House announced that President Biden will visit Fort Campbell, Kentucky on Wednesday, and then visit Mayfield and Dawson Springs, two areas severely damaged by the twisters.

The president signed an emergency declaration for Kentucky and ordered his administration to provide all resources to officials in all six states affected by the storm.

Late Monday, Biden also declared states of emergency in Tennessee and Illinois and approved federal assistance for both states.

“We’ll be there as long as we can help,” Biden said earlier this week.

Tornadoes, including the largest tornado in Kentucky’s history, left many neighborhoods unidentifiable. Nearly 25,000 homes and businesses in the state were still without power at midday Tuesday, more than four days after the tornado passed.

AccuWeather said the total damage and economic damage from the tornado outbreak could reach $18 billion, making it the most expensive tornado outbreak in U.S. history.

More than 300 people in Kentucky, as well as in Arkansas and Tennessee, are being placed in Red Cross shelters, and that number is expected to grow. Hundreds of others have been temporarily housed at resorts at state parks in the area, said Steve Cunanan, executive director of the Kentucky Red Cross.

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Huynh Nguyen

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