Search and rescue teams are scouring the rubble at these sites in the hope of finding survivors, but no death toll is yet available.
Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear said he was concerned the tornado had killed 70 people in the state and that the death toll could exceed 100.
Here’s what we know about the damage to factories, warehouses and nursing homes, and the hunt for survivors:
Mayfield Candle Factory
One of the worst-hit locations was Mayfield, southwestern Kentucky, where a tornado hit a candle factory while people were at work. About 110 people were inside, Beshear said.
He said the crew had saved about 40 people so far.
“We will lose a lot of lives,” said Beshear.
Video from Mayfield shows what’s left of the factory: a huge field, mostly of twisted metal, several feet high, with rescuers using hands and machines to dig.
Among the survivors was Kyanna Parsons-Perez, who said workers rushed to the safe area before the storm made landfall. During roll call, she saw “a little wind.”
“My ears started ringing. And it was like a building, we all just wobbled back and forth, then boomed – everything was coming our way,” Kyanna Parsons-Perez told CNN.
Pinned by debris to others, she used her phone to broadcast on Facebook Live and called 911, her mother, and a relative of a colleague. She knew rescuers were only around when she could feel the pressure from above – people walking on debris.
“I was screaming like, ‘Sir, can you take this so I can move my legs, please?” He said, “Ma’am, there’s about five feet worth of debris on you.”
Rescuers were eventually able to pull her and the others out, she said.
Ivy Williams was at the scene Saturday, looking for his wife of more than 30 years, who he said was at the factory.
“I hope she’s somewhere safe,” Williams said tearfully. “Please call me… I’m looking for you, baby.”
First responders pulled “many, many” people out of the wreckage, some alive and some apparently dead, hurricane hunter Michael Gordon told CNN Saturday morning from the scene.
“It’s hard to say,” said Gordon.
Dan Tri James Comer, who represents the region, told CNN.
Edwardsville Amazon warehouse
At least two people have died after inclement weather toppled the roof of an Amazon warehouse Friday night downstairs near St. Louis, police said.
Officials said others were injured after a roof fell on the facility near Edwardsville, Illinois. It is believed that a tornado was the cause.
Police said it was not yet known how many people were in the building at the time of the collapse and how many remained. Families of those inside the facility say they desperately need answers.
“We were just worried about getting sick,” said Sarah Biermann, whose husband works at an Amazon facility.
It was not immediately clear how many people were injured, but officials said one person was taken by helicopter to a hospital. Sheriff Mike Fillback said dozens of people were able to get out without serious injuries.
Rescuers were still sorting through the rubble to determine if anyone was trapped inside, officials said. First responders are moving slowly to avoid injury from hanging debris.
“We are deeply saddened by the news that members of our Amazon family have passed away as a result of the hurricane in Edwardsville, IL. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their loved ones and everyone affected by the storm. We would also like to thank all of the first responders for their continued efforts at the site. We are continuing to provide support. supporting our employees and partners in the region,” said Kelly Nantel, an Amazon spokesperson, in a statement.
Monette Manor . Nursing Home
First responders at the scene of a nursing home damaged by extreme weather in Monette, Arkansas, where several people were trapped, December 11, 2021. (KAIT)
A tornado hit the Monette Manor nursing home in northeastern Arkansas on Friday night, killing one person and trapping 20 people inside as the building collapsed, Craighead County Judge Marvin Day said.
Five people were seriously injured, and several others had minor injuries, he said. The nursing home has 86 beds.
CNN Wire contributed to this report.
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