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Over 100 dead as tornadoes wreak havoc in 6 U.S. states

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A lethal evening of tornadoes ripping by the US Midwest and south has leveled homes, with over 100 individuals feared dead. Here, tornadoes which hit the State of Kentucky.

US: Dozens of devastating tornadoes roared through six US states overnight, leaving over 100 people dead on Saturday and Sunday in what President Joe Biden said was “one of the largest” storm outbreaks in history.

“It’s a tragedy,” a shaken President Biden said in televised comments. “And we still don’t know how many lives are lost and the full extent of the damage.”

As darkness fell Saturday scores of search and rescue officials were helping stunned citizens across the US heartland sift through the rubble of their homes and businesses searching for any more survivors.

More than 80 people are believed to have been killed in Kentucky alone, many of them workers at a candle factory, while at least six died in an Amazon warehouse in Illinois where they were on the night shift processing orders ahead of Christmas.

“This event is the worst, most devastating, most deadly tornado event in Kentucky’s history,” said Kentucky governor Andy Beshear, adding he fears “we will have lost more than 100 people.” “The devastation is unlike anything I have seen in my life, and I have trouble putting it into words,” the governor told reporters.

The western Kentucky town of Mayfield was reduced to “matchsticks,” its mayor said.

The small town of 10,000 people was described as “ground zero” by officials, and appeared post-apocalyptic: city blocks leveled; historic homes and buildings beaten down to their slabs; tree trunks stripped of their branches; cars overturned in fields.

Previously, the longest a US tornado has ever tracked along the ground was a 219-mile storm in Missouri in 1925. It claimed 695 lives.

In one demonstration of the storms’ awesome power on Saturday, when winds derailed a 27-car train near Earlington, Kentucky, one car was blown 75 yards up a hill and another landed on a house. No one was hurt.

Reports put the total number of tornadoes across the region at around 30. At least 23 people were killed in other storm-hit states, including at the Amazon warehouse in Illinois.

In Arkansas, at least one person died when a tornado “pretty much destroyed” a nursing home in Monette, a county official said. Another person died elsewhere in the state. Four people died in Tennessee, while one died in Missouri.

Biden promised the full assistance of the federal government and said he planned to travel to the affected areas.

Scientists have warned that climate change is making storms more powerful and frequent.

More than half a million homes in several states were left without power, according to PowerOutage.com.

Amazon workers trapped

When another tornado hit an Amazon warehouse in the southern Illinois city of Edwardsville around 100 workers were trapped inside. Hundreds of workers scrambled to rescue the trapped employees. – THE HINDU

Monday, December 13, 2021 – 01:00











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