Governer: Tornadoes in Kentucky have killed at least 50 people.
One of the strongest tornadoes in Kentucky’s history tore across many counties and travelled 200 miles, according to governor Andy Beshear.
The governor of the southeastern US state of Kentucky said early Saturday that at least 50 people had been killed in four tornadoes that ripped across the area.
Andy Beshear, the governor of Kentucky, indicated that a number of counties were destroyed by the strongest tornado to hit the state in 200 miles .
Local media said that a storm tore through an Amazon warehouse in Illinois the same night, trapping roughly 100 workers.
According to Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear: “I fear that there are more than 50 dead…probably closer to somewhere between 70 and 100. It’s devastating.”
The governor cited an event involving the roof of a candle factory in Mayfield that resulted in “mass casualties”
Photographs and videos posted on social media from Mayfield showed the devastation caused by the storm, with bent metal, downed trees, and broken bricks littering the streets.
“Before midnight I declared a state of emergency,” Beshear stated.
Search and rescue teams have been dispatched to the area while power shortages persist, he added.