- Five hundred homes were damaged in one county.
- President Biden issued a federal declaration of emergency.
- Kentucky governor declares this the’most destructive tornado event in Kentucky’s history.
- At candle factory, forty-seven workers were saved.
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After a historic tornado outbreak and severe weather that ravaged several states on Friday and Saturday, dozens of people have been killed and search efforts are ongoing.
Bodies were pulled from a Kentucky candle factory, which was destroyed. Deaths were confirmed at an Amazon facility, which was demolished in Illinois, and a nursing home that suffered a devastating fire in Arkansas.
Missouri and Tennessee also confirmed deaths.
Here’s a list of some of the most important headlines from Saturday.
Warren County, Kentucky: Hundreds of Homes and Businesses destroyed
Officials were assessing the damage to Bowling Green and the surrounding areas in Warren County.
According to the numbers announced at a news conference with Governor late Saturday afternoon, approximately 500 homes and 100 businesses were damaged.
Factory Site: Family members Keep Watch
Denise Johnson Williams, a mother of four aged 50, was one of the people still missing from the candle factory in Mayfield.
Her family waited for any news Saturday at the site.
“It’s Christmastime and she works at a place that’s making candles for gifts,” her brother, Darryl Williams, told The Associated Press. “To give up the gift of life to make a gift. We haven’t heard anything, and I’m not presuming anything. But I’m expecting for the worst.”
Federal Emergency Declared
President Joe Biden issued an emergency declaration for more than 12 Kentucky counties, authorizing the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to coordinate all disaster relief efforts.
The declaration includes the following counties: Bullitt and Caldwell, Fulton and Graves, Grayson and Hickman, Grayson, Grayson, Grayson, Fulton, Graves & Grayson, Grayson, Grayson, Hickman, Hopkins & Hopkins, Lyon, Meade & Muhlenberg, Ohio Shelby, Spencer, Warren
Governor: 40 out of 110 Workers Rescued From Candle Factory
Seventy people were still missing from the Mayfield, Kentucky facility.
“There’s at least 15 feet of metal with cars on top of it – barrels of corrosive chemicals that are there,” Gov. Andy Beshear spoke in a late afternoon news conference. “It will be a miracle if any other person is found alive.”
Bowling Green, Kentucky: Dozens of People Confirmed Dead
Bowling Green in Kentucky, where roofs were torn off buildings, trees uprooted, and homes left in splintered wreckage, saw at least 12 people die.
Kevin Irby, Warren County Coroner, confirmed 11 deaths late Saturday afternoon and stated that children were among them. These deaths were in addition to the one previously announced.
The National Weather Service confirmed that there was an EF3 tornado in this area.
Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear believes that between 70-100 people – or more — may be dead in Kentucky.
“Beginning late last night and through the very moment that we are standing here, we have lived through some of the toughest hours of our lives as Kentuckians,” Beshear said in a late afternoon news conference. “This event is the worst, most devastating most deadly tornado event in Kentucky’s history.”
The governor stated that the damage to property was not the only reason. We also lost many good people… We will have to lose people of all ages. We will lose whole families.”
Photo from Indiana May Have Been Carried More Than 125 Miles
A woman in New Albany (Indiana) said that she found a photo. stuck to the windowSaturday, she took a photo of her car. She posted the photo on social media. Online sleuths were quick to assist in finding the owner based on the information on the back of her black-and-white photograph.
Katie Posten stated in an update that she was connected to the family photo. They’re from Dawson Springs in Kentucky, just 127 miles southwest New Albany.
Posten plans to return the photograph later in the week.
Bodies made from candle factory rubble
According to The Associated Press, Bodies were taken from the ruins at Mayfield’s crushed candle factory in Kentucky. However, the exact number of bodies was not known.
Search and rescue teams were still combing through the rubble.
“We just can’t confirm a number right now because we are still out there working, and we have so many agencies involved in helping us,” Burgess said.
She said that heavy equipment was being used in the rubble removal and that coroners were called.
Amazon Confirms Deaths At Illinois Facility
“We’re deeply saddened by the news that members of our Amazon family passed away as a result of the storm in Edwardsville, Ill.,” Kelly Nantel, an Amazon spokeswoman, said in a statement on Saturday, according to The New York Times. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their loved ones and everyone impacted by the tornado.”
Police in Edwardsville reported earlier that an unspecified amount of people were killed when an Amazon building was damaged and lost its roof. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, a wall as large as a football field collapsed on the property.
Edwardsville is located about 25 miles east St. Louis. It is home to at minimum two Amazon warehouses
“Toughest Day in My Life”
Kentucky Governor at a press conference. Andy Beshear became emotional while talking about the Mayfield damage.
Graves County Executive Judge Jesse Perry stated, breaking his voice, “This is probably my toughest day in my life.” “The only thing I can offer you is my support. We need your prayers and your help.
Kentucky Governor: More than 100 Deadly Fears
“This has been the most devastating tornado event in our state’s history … The level of devastation is unlike anything I have ever seen,” Gov. Andy Beshear stated this in a Mayfield news conference around 11 a.m.
The governor earlier estimated that between 50-100 people were killed at the candle factory in Mayfield, where over 100 workers were on the line when the storm struck late Friday night.
“I’m now certain that number is north of 70. Beshear stated, “It may even end up exceeding 100 before it is done.” “The damage is worse now that we have the first light.”
The governor said that he expected a federal emergency declaration within an hour.
Drone Footage Shows Nursing Home Devastation
A tornado ripped parts of the roof off the Monette Manor nursing center in Monette, Arkansas. It is located about 20 miles east-east of Jonesboro.
At least one person was injured and a death was reported. An emergency management operator for Craighead County, the county where the nursing home is located, stated Friday night that there was extensive damage to the area.
One other death was confirmed at least, in the nearby Dollar General store of Leachville.
Power outages in the hundreds of thousands
According to poweroutage.us approximately 500,000 homes or businesses were without power in an area of eight states spanning from Michigan to Arkansas at 10:45 AM. The highest numbers were in Tennessee (14.33,000), which was also hit by severe weather overnight, and Michigan (11.88,000), which has been battered by strong winds throughout the day.
Later, Michigan saw an increase in the number of outages to over 300,000.
Which direction is severe weather headed next?
The Weather Channel called the winter storm Atticus. It included tornadoes, storms, and lightning.
According to digital meteorologist Jonathan Belles, the storm was still moving east Saturday with a stronger tornado and a greater threat of damaging winds.
The threat extended from Deep South to the mid Atlantic in the morning hours and afternoon.
Learn more about the storm’s outlook here.
Kentucky Candle Factory continues to search for and rescue victims
Chris Bruin, Weather Channel Meteorologist said it was difficult to find words to describe the scene at Mayfield.
“There were tons of vehicles just thrown like toys,” Bruin said of the drive into town, adding that tractor dealerships were destroyed and semis blown over along the highway.
The location of the candle factory, where rescuers were still looking through debris, is about one mile outside downtown. There are also other damage areas.
Mayfield, Kentucky, is home to approximately 10,000 people.
Roofs Ripped Off, Buildings Gone
The devastation in many states is just beginning to be seen in photos.
Kentucky declares a state of emergency
Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear created a state of emergency, and requested a federal emergency declaration.
Flattened in Mayfield, Kentucky
Daytime images began to emerge around 8 a.m. EDT. They painted a terrible picture of damage in Mayfield. The town’s courthouse was badly damaged, a candle factory was demolished, and homes and buildings were torn down.
Kentucky Governor Says 50-100 People Are Likely to Die
“It’s been one of the toughest nights in Kentucky history and some areas have been hit in ways that are hard to put into words,” Gov. Andy Beshear stated this in a news conference.
In Mayfield, more than 100 people worked in a factory that was torn apart.
“There were about 110 people in it at the time that the tornado hit it,” Beshear said. “We believe we’ll lose at least dozens of those individuals. It’s very hard, really tough, and we’re praying for each and every one of those families.”
Police Say Amazon Warehouse Shootings Killed People
According to Edwardsville police, there were at least two fatalities at the Amazon warehouse, which was damaged by the storms. The exact number is unknown at this time.
Storm Debris Blocks Roadway At Nashville Airport
According to a tweet sent by the airport, the road to Nashville International Airport’s departures was closed early Saturday morning.
Winter Storms can have a severe side effect
The Weather Channel called the storm Atticus. It brought severe weather, high winds as well as snow and rain to its eastward journey.
It brought the first measurable snow of this season to Salt Lake City and Denver on Thursday and Friday. In some areas, snow was as high as 3 feet in the mountains in Colorado and Wyoming.
Minnesota’s state patrol responded more than 2,000 times to calls. 136 crashesAs of Friday, April 4, more than 200 flights at Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport had been cancelled. Some areas saw more than 20 inches of snow, including the Twin Cities.
It is not uncommon for severe weather to be accompanied by a winter storm’s warm side.
Jonathan Belles, meteorologist, stated that winter storms can often produce strong to severe thunderstorms by pulling moist warm and buoyant air northwards over the Gulf of Mexico. “These thunderstorms feed off the jet stream that fuels storm system, growing taller, more tilted and eventually being pushed to spin due to a change of winds from the ground up to the jet stream level.
Click here to see the events that occurred as the storms & tornadoes swept through late Friday night into Saturday morning.
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