- Governor: More than 100 people may have died
- A candle factory with many employees was destroyed.
- Rescue and search efforts are ongoing.
Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear claimed that Kentucky’s tornado and storm damages are historic.
“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 spoke at a Mayfield news conference at 11 a.m.
The governor had earlier estimated that between 50 to 100 people were killed in the storm, including at a candle factory near Mayfield, where more than 100 workers were employed when it hit late Friday night.
“I’m now certain that number is north of 70. Beshear stated that it could end up exceeding 100 before the day ends. “The damage is worse now that we have the first light.”
Overnight, storms and tornadoes caused severe destruction in parts South and Midwest.
In addition to the destruction of the candle factory, an Amazon facility in Illinois was also damaged and a nursing home in Arkansas was also damaged. Officials confirmed that there were deaths and injuries at all three locations.
Tennessee and Missouri also reported deaths.
The quad-state tornado swept through parts of Arkansas Missouri Tennessee Kentucky, and may have been on ground for more that 100 miles.
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