- The odds of finding survivors grow dim.
- The death toll continues growing.
- Current damage assessments are ongoing.
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As survivors continued to dig through the rubble on Sunday, the confirmed death toll climbed. They were still trying to come to terms with the destruction caused by severe weather and a historic outbreak in tornadoes that decimated several states.
It was the deadliest U.S. tornado epidemic in a decade and one storm complex was tracked for more than 250 miles.
Five states were confirmed to have lost dozens of people, while officials in the South and Midwest said that many more had been killed in storms that struck Friday night and Saturday.
Families stood vigil at a candle-plant in Mayfield, Kentucky. No one had been pulled from the rubble for more than 24 hours.
Officials initially stated that 40 of the 110 workers at Mayfield Consumer Products were saved. However, Bob Ferguson, a spokesperson, said Sunday that more than 90 people were now located. Eight people have been confirmed dead and eight others are still missing, according to the Associated Press.
Four Dead in Tennessee
According to a Sunday update from the state emergency management office, at least four people have died in Tennessee.
Two people were killed in Lake County. One fatality was in Obion County while one occurred in Shelby County. Lake and Obion can be found in the northwest corner of the state. Shelby is close to Memphis.
Obion, Gibson, and Sumner counties declared a state emergency. Shelters remained open.
Woman describes being trapped in a candle factory
“Please… Get us some help. We’re at Mayfield’s candle factory.
Kyanna Parsons, a survivor, posted the plea live on Facebook Friday night after she and her coworkers were trapped beneath the building’s remains.
Parsons responded to the question by saying, “It was one my scariest experiences in my life.”
Searchers continued to dig through rubble in Kentucky on Sunday, including at a candle factory. Officials said that there was little to no chance of finding survivors.
Listen to Kyanna’s live Facebook stream here.
Drone Footage shows the devastation in Dawson Springs (Kentucky)
Dawson Springs is almost completely gone. Homes were destroyed, and survivors were left with nothing.
There are 2,600 residents in the town, including relatives of Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear. The family name is still on the local funeral home.
You can see the drone footage here.
Power outages in the East
According to poweroutage.us, more than 250,000 power outages had been reported in six states on Sunday morning. Half of those were in New York where high winds knocked down power lines and trees.
The rest were leftovers from Saturday’s Friday night storms and high winds Sunday.
Missour is currently conducting damage assessmentsi
According to The Associated Press reports, at least two people died in the storms,
Initial surveys revealed that hundreds of buildings and homes were damaged or destroyed.
Missouri Gov. Mike Parson’s office said the storms killed at least two people in the state and initial assessments indicate they destroyed or did major damage to hundreds of homes and buildings.
Amazon Warehouse: Death Toll Rises
According to the Associated Press, six people have been confirmed dead following the collapse of an Amazon warehouse located in Edwardsville, Illinois.
One injured worker was airlifted from his home to a hospital.
There were 45 survivors.
Here’s a summary of the top headlines of 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 governor’s announcements, around 500 homes and 100 business were destroyed.
Factory Site Watched by Family Members
Denise Johnson Williams (50-year-old mother of 4), was one of those still missing from the candle factory at Mayfield, Kentucky.
Her family waited at the site Saturday for any news.
“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 a federal declaration of disaster for more than a dozen Kentucky counties. This authorizes the Federal Emergency Management Agency, to coordinate all disaster relief efforts.
Counties included in the declaration are Breckenridge, Bullitt and Caldwell. Fulton. Graves. Grayson. Hickman. Hopkins. Lyon. Meade. Muhlenberg. Ohio. Shelby. Spencer.
Governor: 40 of 110 workers are saved from the 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 stated this in a late-afternoon news conference. “It’ll still be a miracle that anyone else is alive.”
Bowling Green, Kentucky: Confirmation of Dead of Several People
Bowling Green, Kentucky saw at least 12 deaths due to roof collapses, tree uprooting, and homes being left in splintered ruin.
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 the existence of an EF3 tornado.
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 entire 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 picture on social media. Based on the information written on the back, online sleuths helped to locate the owner.
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.
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Bodies made of candle factory rumble
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 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 stated that heavy equipment was being used for the removal of rubble, and that coroners were called to the scene.
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 had earlier reported that an unspecified number died after an Amazon building suffered severe damage 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 of my Life”
Kentucky Gov. 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 that I can say to you all at this time is what we need from each other… We need prayers, we need your support.”
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 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 more severe now that we have first lights.”
The governor stated that he expects a federal emergency declaration within one 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.
Five people were injured and at least one person died. A Craighead County emergency management operator told Friday night that extensive damage had been done to the area.
One other death was confirmed at least, in the nearby Dollar General store of Leachville.
Power outages that can cause a number of hundred thousand of deaths
According to poweroutage.us, around 500,000 homes and businesses were without power in eight states, from Michigan to Arkansas, as of 10:45 a.m. The highest numbers were in Tennessee (14.33,000), one state that was affected by overnight severe storms, 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.
What is the Next Direction for Severe Weather?
The Weather Channel named the winter storm Atticus, and it included tornadoes and storms.
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 was felt from the Deep South to the mid Atlantic in the mornings and afternoons.
Find out more about the storm’s predictions here.
Kentucky Candle Factory is currently conducting rescue and search efforts
Chris Bruin, Weather Channel Meteorologist, said that it was difficult to describe the scene in 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 from 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 an emergency
Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear declared an emergency and requested a federal disaster declaration.
Flattened Much of Mayfield in Kentucky
As of 8 a.m. ET, daytime images were just beginning to emerge, displaying a devastating picture of the damage in Mayfield. A candle factory was destroyed, the town courthouse was severely damaged, and homes and other buildings were torn apart.
Kentucky Governor Says 50 to100 People Are Likely Dead
“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 spoke at a news conference.
A Mayfield factory that had been torn down employed more than 100 people.
“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 people were killed at Amazon Warehouse
According to Edwardsville police, there were at least two fatalities at the Amazon warehouse, which was damaged by the storms. The exact number was not known 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 named the storm Atticus because it brought severe weather, high winds and snow as it traveled east.
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 crashesAt Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport, more than 200 flights had been canceled as of Friday at 4 p.m. Some areas saw more than 20 inches of snow, including the Twin Cities.
It is not unusual for severe weather accompanying a winter storm that is warmer.
Jonathan Belles, a meteorologist, said that winter storms can produce severe to strong thunderstorms by pulling moist and warm air northwards from the Gulf of Mexico. “Those storms feed on the jetstream that fuels them, growing taller, more tilted, and eventually being pushed to spin due to a change of winds from the ground to jet stream level.
Click here to see what happened when the storms and tornadoes hit late Friday night and early Saturday morning.
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