- More than 20 tornadoes have been confirmed. Damage surveys are still ongoing.
- At least 87 deaths were confirmed.
- It is taking a huge effort to provide aid to the most affected areas.
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As survivors attempted to dig out the rubble and come to terms with the destruction caused by a historic tornado outbreak and severe weather that decimated several states, the confirmed death toll continued to rise.
It was the deadliest tornado outbreak in the United States in a decade. One storm complex was tracked for approximately 250 miles.
(WATCH: What caused the deadly Tornado Outbreak?)
Five states were confirmed to have lost dozens of people, while officials in the South and Midwest said that more victims were likely to have been killed in storms that struck Friday night and Saturday.
Officials initially claimed that 40 of 110 workers from Mayfield Consumer Products had been rescued. But Bob Ferguson, a spokesperson, stated Sunday that more than 90 people had been located. Eight people have been confirmed dead, and eight others are still missing, according to the Associated Press.
These are the most recent updates. Check back often for new information as it becomes available:
First Identities Revealed for Victims
Monday was the first day that victims were identified, giving more insight into the lives and deaths of those who were there. The Associated Press (AP) obtained their stories.
-Oaklynn Koon 2 months: Douglas Koon’s wife, Jackie, placed their infant daughter in the car seat to protect her when the tornado hit their Dawson Springs, Kentucky house. She and her three other children seemed to be fine after the tornado. However, Oaklynn started to have seizures on Sunday. Her parents posted on Facebook that Oaklynn may have suffered a stroke at the hospital. Oaklynn, the youngest victim to the tornado outbreak, was confirmed by her family Monday morning.
-Lisa Taylor (54: A florist who had worked 14 years in a Memphis flower shop. She recently moved to the Transportation Security Administration at the Airport. Taylor was described as a creative person by friends. One customer left a note at the flower shop describing Taylor as “a light shining in a dark world.” She died Friday night in Orange Mound, Tennessee when the storms swept through.
-Brian Crick 43: A judge for two counties in western Kentucky Crick was a public defender before moving into private practice and eventually obtaining his judgeship in 2011. Crick died in his Muhlenberg County, Kentucky home. His three children and wife survived the storm.
June Pennington (52), a mother of 4 and grandmother of 9, she spent a lot of her time with her children and her many adopted pets. “She didn’t love anything as much in life as her kids and grandkids,” Christie Pennington told the AP. “She was selfless and loved her family wholeheartedly.” Pennington died in the tornado that struck Leachville’s Dollar General store, Arkansas. Pennington was her assistant manager.
-Clayton Lynn Cope – 29: Cope was an Amazon warehouse employee who was killed in the tornado in Edwardsville. He loved to ride his motorcycle and spend time with his dog Draco.
-Ollie Borgmann (84): Ollie was a sweet and “typical grandmother” who lived in Defiance, Missouri for many decades with Vernon. Ollie died after a tornado hit their home. Vernon was also hurt but is expected to recover.
Generators Will Be Used Amid Heating Shortage – Here’s How to Use One Properly
Generators are the only way to stay warm when there are so many days or even weeks without power. However, improper use can lead to serious injury so make sure you follow these safety guidelines.
–Generators can be placed outdoors or far from any structure.A generator running inside an enclosed or partially enclosed structure can cause dangerous and sometimes fatal levels of carbon monoxide. Keep generators outside, at least 15 feet away form windows and doors so that exhaust doesn’t enter your home/business or neighboring homes/businesses.
–Keep the generator clean.Make sure you have a dry surface and a canopy-like structure to protect your generator. You should not use the generator when it is raining or wet.
–Do not plug the generator in to a wall outlet.Never plug the generator into a wall outlet. Only a licensed electrician should connect the generator to the main electrical panel. They must install the correct equipment according to local electric codes. Make sure the electrician installs an approved automatic transfer switch so you can disconnect your home’s wiring from the utility system before you use the generator.
Here are more tips.
Biden Will Travel to Kentucky on Wednesday
President Joe Biden announced Monday that the president would be visiting Kentucky to see the damage firsthand. He will travel to Mayfield, Dawson Springs and Mayfield on Wednesday.
He also stated that he was working with local officials in order to ensure that his visit doesn’t distract from the ongoing emergency response in these areas.
Biden committed all federal resources to help with the recovery.
“We’re going to get this done,” Biden said, according to the AP. “We’re going to be there as long as it takes to help.”
Kentucky: 74 dead, 105 unaccounted for
Kentucky Governor. Andy Beshear confirmed that at least 64 people died in the tornado outbreak in Kentucky and that 105 people are still unaccounted. On Monday, 10 more deaths were confirmed.
This brings the total number of deaths from the outbreak to 87. Six deaths were confirmed in Illinois, four in Tennessee and two in Arkansas. One was in Missouri.
This figure is higher than the 76 deaths from tornadoes in 2020.
(WATCH: Kentucky NWS Meteorologist: “This Sickens me”)
Kentucky Gov.: 1,000-Plus Homes Destroyed
Governor. Andy Beshear spoke to reporters.
(WATCH: Kentucky Tornado Damage leaves Meteorologists stunned)
Crews are still going door–to-door in an effort to find the victims. The sheer volume of debris in some areas makes it more difficult.
According to the AP, Beshear stated that “there are no doors.”
Kentucky Residents Survive Freezing Nights with No Heat
As temperatures plunged below freezing overnight, electricity was cut off for many in Mayfield, Kentucky. And heat might not be restored to residents for a long time, Mayfield Mayor Kathy Stewart O’Nan said Monday on “CBS Mornings.”
“Our infrastructure has been so badly damaged. There is no running water. Our water tower was destroyed. Our wastewater management was lost, and there’s no natural gas to the city. According to CBS, “So we have nothing to rely upon there,” she stated. “So that is purely survival for so many people.”
(WATCH: Kentucky Tornado Survivors Speak Out: ‘We Need Places to Go’)
According to poweroutage.us, approximately 25,000 homes or businesses were still without power in Kentucky on Monday morning.
More Than 20 Tornadoes Confirmed
As the National Weather Service continued to survey the damage from several long track tornadoes, meteorologists confirmed that at least 20 tornadoes were active during Friday night and Saturday morning. Notable tornadoes include:
-EF3: Bowling Green, Kentucky
-EF3: Edwardsville, Illinois
-EF3 Defiance, Missouri
As for the tornado that may have tracked for more than 100 miles from Arkansas into Kentucky – ravaging Mayfield, among other Kentucky towns – the damage survey is expected to take days due to the sheer length of the damage swath that will need to be examined.
(MORE: Eight years of record EF5 drought)
These updates were created over the weekend as part our live updates coverage.
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 are located in the northwest corner, while Shelby is closer to Memphis.
Shelters were still open in Obion and Gibson counties, and a state of emergency was declared.
Drone Footage shows the devastation in Dawson Springs (Kentucky)
Many of Dawson Springs’ buildings are 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. His family name is engraved on the local funeral home.
You can see the drone footage here.
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.
(WATCH: Before-and-After Images Reveal Devastation)
One injured worker was airlifted from his home to a hospital. There were 45 survivors.
Warren County, Kentucky: Hundreds of Homes and Businesses destroyed
Officials were assessing the damage to Bowling Green and surrounding Warren County areas.
According to numbers announced by the governor at a news conference on Saturday afternoon, around 500 homes and 100 business were destroyed.
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.
The declaration covers Breckenridge, Bullitt and Caldwell, Fulton. Graves. Grayson, Hickman. Hopkins. Lyon. Meade. Muhlenberg. Ohio, Shelby, Spencer.
Bowling Green, Kentucky: Confirmation of Dead of Several People
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 added to the one already announced.
Photo found in Indiana May Have Been Carried More Than 125 Miles
A woman from New Albany, Indiana said she found a photo. stuck to the windowSaturday was the last day she drove her car. She posted it on social networks, and online sleuths leapt in to help locate the owner, based upon information written on the back.
Katie Posten stated in an update that she was connected to the family photo. They are from Dawson Springs, Kentucky which is about 127 miles southwest from New Albany. Louisville is just across the Ohio River.
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“Toughest Day of my Life”
Kentucky Governor at a press conference. Andy Beshear was emotional when he spoke about the Mayfield disaster.
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.
(WATCH: Mayfield Resident – Tornado ‘Destroyed All We’ve Got’)
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 from Craighead County, the county where the nursing home is situated, said that there was extensive damage to the area.
At least one more death was confirmed, in a Dollar General Store in Leachville.
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. Some spots in the mountains of Colorado and southern Wyoming received snowfalls up to 3 feet.
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. In some areas, including the Twin Cities, more than 20 inches of fresh snow fell.
It is not uncommon for severe storms to accompany a winterstorm’s warmer 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.
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