Midwest tornadoes: At least 50 people may have died in Kentucky tornadoes, governor says

At least 50 people are likely to have died after multiple tornadoes ripped through southwestern Kentucky, Governor Andy Beshear said.

“We believe our death toll from this event will exceed 50 Kentuckians, possibly ending up close to 70 to 100 people losing their lives,” Beshear said at a news conference Saturday morning, while also calling The hurricanes that made landfall in the state were “the most severe tornado event in the history of Kentucky.”

Preliminary investigations suggest four tornadoes may have hit the state, including one that was likely more than 200 miles above ground, Beshear said. Damage was reported in at least 15 counties spanning western Kentucky.

He told CNN affiliate WLKY, in particular the town of Mayfield, that much of the devastation was concentrated in Graves County. “It hit Mayfield as hard as any town … has ever been attacked.”

About 110 people were at a candle factory when the tornado hit, and Beshear said, “We believe we’re going to lose at least a dozen of them.”

“This is a major, significant disaster event,” said state emergency management director Michael Dorsett, adding that search and rescue efforts are ongoing and beginning even as hurricanes occur. storm in the area.

The tornadoes were among a multitude of tornadoes that emerged in the overnight hours of Friday as a powerful storm surge ripped through the central United States.

Mayfield is a city of about 10,000 inhabitants, according to the United States Census. The buildings hit included the Graves County Courthouse and the adjoining prison.

2 killed in Arkansas, officials say
At least 24 tornadoes were reported in five states – Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri and Tennessee, according to the NOAA Hurricane Prediction Center, while officials in Arkansas said at least two people had died.

And the possibility of more severe weather continues into the weekend as the system moves eastward, stretching from northern Louisiana to southern Ohio early Saturday. Tornado clocks across the region are expected Saturday morning.

A tornado warning was issued for the Nashville metro area around 3 a.m. local time, as “a large and extremely dangerous tornado has been confirmed located near Pegram, or 7 miles to the south. of the City of Ashland, is moving east at 50 mph,” according to the National Weather Service.

At least one person was killed in Monette in northeast Arkansas after a tornado damaged a nursing home Friday, trapping others inside before being rescued. At least 20 people were also injured at the facility, Mayor Bob Blankenship told CNN.

Another person was killed in nearby Leachville, when an adult woman was “in the Dollar General store when the storm hit and they couldn’t get out,” Mississippi County Sheriff Dale Cook told CNN.

According to Arkansas Emergency Management Agency spokeswoman LaTresha Woodruff, Interstate 555 near the town of Trumann was closed because the vehicle overturned. State officials have been notified that there is damage to the town’s fire department, the EMS facility and a nursing home, Woodruff said.

In the community of Samburg in northwest Tennessee, many structures were damaged, according to officials. The coordinator of the Obion County Sheriff’s Office, Judy Faulkner, told CNN.

In Illinois, an Amazon warehouse northeast of St. Louis was damaged. A resident told CNN affiliate KMOV that a family member and staff member were trapped inside, and others inside remained calm and managed to get out of the warehouse. Video from the scene shows a massive emergency response.

“It was horrible to see the extent of the damage there and to know someone was inside when that happened,” Edwardsville Police Chief Michael Fillback told KMOV on Saturday morning. Police don’t know how many people were in the building at the time of the collapse, Fillback said, nor how many people may still be trapped inside.

A train derailed near Madisonville, Kentucky early Saturday morning as the weather moved through the area, according to a CSX spokesman. There were no reports of injuries to the crew.

The path of a tornado – extending from Arkansas to Kentucky – if verified, is likely to be the longest since 1925.

Along with multiple tornadoes, the storms had generated dozens of reports of wind and hail as of early Saturday.

Additionally, more than 240,000 customers were without power across seven states as of 430 a.m. Saturday, according to

Placing a weather warning for Friday from Arkansas to Indiana, the severity of the storms is expected to subside as the day continues, with the threat greatest in the early morning hours.

Much of the eastern US will be affected by rain Saturday night. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, strong to severe thunderstorms are possible isolated from the Ohio Valley and Tennessee into the northern Gulf States. Wind gusts, hail and tornadoes are still possible. Midwest tornadoes: At least 50 people may have died in Kentucky tornadoes, governor says

Dais Johnston

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