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Tornadoes in the US: 50 people ‘likely’ killed, Kentucky governor says

At least 50 people were killed in a series of devastation tornado that hit Kentucky and other US states on Friday night and early Saturday, according to the governor of the southern state.

At a news conference on Saturday morning, Democratic governor Andy Beshear said Kentucky was “near the end of its most extreme period yet.” tornado events” in the history of the state.

“We believe the death toll from this event will exceed 50 Kentuckians,” he said.

This number “could end up close to 70-100 people lost their lives,” Mr. Beshear added.

The winter storm began in the early hours of Friday and has since ripped through five states, leaving a trail of devastation including the collapse of an Amazon warehouse in Illinois, which has a roof and a wall the length of a football field.

Delivery vehicles with the Amazon Prime logo are parked at an Amazon.com, Inc warehouse damaged as emergency crews respond after a tornado passed through Edwardsville, Illinois, U.S., December 10, 2021

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In Arkansas, two people were killed and several others seriously injured after a tornado tore through a nursing home Friday night. Tornadoes have also been reported in Tennessee and Missouri.

Interior view of tornado damage to Emmanuel Baptist Church on December 11, 2021 in Mayfield, Kentucky

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Me Beshear said the tornado also collapsed a roof at a candle factory in Mayfield.

An Amazon distribution center is heavily damaged after a strong thunderstorm moved through the area on Friday, December 10, 2021, in Edwardsville

(AP)

“There were about 110 people in there at the time the tornado hit,” Mr Beshear said. “We believe we will lose at least dozens of such individuals.

“It’s been hard, really hard, and we’re praying for every single one of those families.”

Miguel Macias surveys damage to Emmanuel Baptist Church where he took shelter last night during a tornado on December 11, 2021 in Mayfield, Kentucky

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The Kentucky governor told local media that 50 people were “likely” killed in his state, but the death toll could also be “significant north of it”, based on washington articles,

“The reports are really heartbreaking,” he said.

The National Weather Service has imposed a tornado warning for parts of Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio through early Saturday morning local time.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/tornado-kentucky-us-death-toll-b1974186.html Tornadoes in the US: 50 people ‘likely’ killed, Kentucky governor says

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