Kentucky tornado: New aerial photos show destruction

MAYFIELD, Ky. (WKRN) – Cleanup continues around the Mayfield Consumer Products candle factory after a late-night tornado destroyed the building Friday night.

New aerial footage from Monday shows massive damage in the Kentucky city of 10,000.

Governor Andy Beshear said 94 of the 110 Mayfield Candle Factory employees are alive and well explained in time a media briefing on Monday. Eight employees have been confirmed dead and eight others are still missing.

The governor announced Monday that the state’s total death toll from the hurricanes has risen to 74.69 of whom have been identified. At least 109 Kentuckians are still missing.

Kentucky residents in the storm’s path could be without heat, water or electricity in frigid temperatures for weeks or longer, state officials warned Monday.

“Our infrastructure is so damaged. We don’t have tap water. Our water tower has been lost. Our wastewater management has been lost and there is no natural gas for the city. So we have nothing to lean on,” Mayfield Mayor Kathy Stewart O’Nan said on “CBS Mornings. “So it’s absolutely vital at the moment for a lot of us.”

Maybe the first “four-state” tornado, may have been above ground through parts of Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee, and Kentucky, leave the path of destruction. It will take several days before the National Weather Service can confirm whether this is a tornado or multiple tornadoes.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. Kentucky tornado: New aerial photos show destruction

Dais Johnston

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