US Tornado Photos, Videos Show Severe Damage Across Mayfield, Kentucky
At least 70 dead in Kentucky during record-breaking tornado disaster
At least 70 people are dead in Kentucky after raging storms and tornados tore through the state. © AP Photo/Michael Clubb At least 70 dead in Kentucky during record-breaking tornado disaster Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear announced at a news conference Saturday morning that close to 100 people are presumed dead as emergency personnel continue to respond to the natural disaster."We are nearing the end of the most severe tornado event in Kentucky," he said, adding that it's "something we have never seen before."A photo just posted from Bowling Green, Kentucky. An entire block of housing wiped out.
has torn through Mayfield, , with pictures and video shared on social media showing the extent of the damage.
Just before midnight Friday, theissued a state of emergency and activated the Kentucky National Guard and other agencies to deal with the devastation caused by a tornado.
"The damage is significant and we expect multiple fatalities," he said in a news conference, adding that Graves County and "specifically the city of Mayfield have been hit really hard."
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"This is going to be some of the worst tornado damage that we have seen in a long time," he added.
The tornado struck the city at around 9.30 p.m. local time Friday, impacting municipal buildings and homes.
One photo showed Grave's County courthouse, credited to community advocate Steven Elder, showed the building badly damaged and missing its tower.
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WPSD Local 6 tweeted images of fallen trees, smashed building windows and scattered debris in the city of around 10,000 people.
The station said that the Graves County Emergency Management Office advised local residents who can walk safely to head to the fire station where buses were available to take them to safety.
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Kyanna Parsons-Perez survived after a candle factory in Kentucky collapsed when a tornado hit Friday, killing dozens of people.Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear said Saturday said that "at least dozens" died after the roof of the candle factory in Mayfield, Kentucky collapsed when a tornado hit Friday.
The Graves County Emergency Management Office says if you live in Mayfield and can walk safely, you should head to Fire Station House 1 at 211 E Broadway street. There will be buses to help transport people. @JackKaneWPSD shared these photos of some of the damage there. pic.twitter.com/YJUQv5HnoD— WPSD Local 6 (@WPSDLocal6) December 11, 2021
Video posted on Facebook video from inside a candle factory in the city illustrated the fear faced by people trapped by debris
A number of voices can be heard in the clip which is mostly in darkness. A woman is heard saying "I don't know who's watching. We got hit by a hurricane. I'm at work in Mayfield and we are trapped."
"Please, get us some help," she added. Chris Jackson, a storm watcher, tweeted that emergency services arrived at the factory just before 1am.
"We have multiple cars kinda fused into a tractor-trailer, the candle factory was apparently 120,000sq ft and the entire building is gone," Jackson tweeted, "there is at least 1 vehicle sitting in what used to be the middle of the building."
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Gov. Andy Beshear said about 110 people were in the factory in Mayfield, Kentucky, when the tornado hit. “We believe our death toll from this event will exceed 50 Kentuckians and probably end up 70 to 100,” he said at a news conference Saturday. “It’s very hard, really tough, and we’re praying for each and every one of those families.” President Joe Biden tweeted Saturday that he was briefed on the situation and pledged the affected states would “have what they need as the search for survivors and damage assessments continue.
Pictures from Mayfield KY. pic.twitter.com/CNMyGsk3MX— Phil 870 (@BigPhil870) December 11, 2021
Tyler Hofelich, who also follows storms, tweeted that the tornado "has lofted debris over 30,000 feet into the air," and described it as "among the most intense" ever recorded.
Just after 11:30 p.m Friday, Kentucky Statesaid no fatalities were confirmed, but "loss of life is expected."
The severe weather that hit the region left a wide path of destruction. U.S Storm Watch tweeted that it was "potentially the first quad-state tornado in US history which has torn through Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee and now Kentucky."
A train was also derailed during extreme winds in Hopkins County, Kentucky, WKYT-TV reported. Meanwhile, at least one person was killed at the Monette Manor nursing home in northern Arkansas and at least five other people there sustained serious injuries.
The storms also tore down and damaged around one-third of anwarehouse in Edwardsville, Illinois, where it is believed that people are trapped inside, CBS-affiliate KMOV reported.
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Days after the massive storm system tore through Kentucky and five other states, some people question tornado preparation.A team leader instructed the 20-year-old candle inspector to get into position on the production line. Johnson began checking candles on the conveyer belt, until he heard a group of workers ask the night supervisor if they could leave before the brunt of the storms.