Last night, tornadoes and other severe weather ripped through parts of the Midwest and the South, leaving behind a lot of damage as well as many deaths and injuries.
The deaths included two reportedly at an Amazon facility in Illinois, two in a nursing home in Arkansas, deaths in a candle factory in Kentucky, as well as several homes and businesses were torn up in many states. All in all, the tornado reached six different states last night.
Kentucky Governor Speaks Out on Tornado Disaster
Now, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear shared that possibly 100 people have died in the state last night.
“We are hurting this morning. Once dawn breaks we’re going to get a better idea of just how staggering this loss is. As we sit here right now, we know our death toll is going to exceed 50 and is probably going to be closer to 70 to 100,” Beshear said during an interview with “Today” early this morning.
The governor has declared a state of emergency and also activated 181 guardsmen from the National Guard.
Kentucky was faced with four different tornadoes during the night. One of these tornadoes actually stayed on the ground for more than 200 miles once it touched down.
According to NBC News, there were tornado warnings in effect in Arkansas, Illinois, Missouri, and Tennessee on Friday. This also means that 180,000 people are also still without power going into this morning.
Governor Beshear also said that there were about 110 people working in a candle factory last night in Mayfield, Kentucky. There were dozens that were killed when the roof of the building collapsed as the tornado approached.
“There were about 110 people in it at the time that the tornado hit it. 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,” Beshear said.
As of now, this tornado incident may be the deadliest in state history.
Deaths Reported in Warehouse in Illinois
Meanwhile, there were also reported deaths in an Amazon warehouse in Edwardsville, Illinois last night. A tornado directly hit the building, which caused part of it to collapse. The wall that collapsed was the size of a football field and brought the roof above it down as well.
The number of individuals in the building at this time is unknown, although authorities believe it was not in the hundreds.
It is unknown at this time how many people died in the incident or are still trapped. Authorities are still working on notifying family members of the deceased.
“Right now, our concern is trying to get people who are trapped,” Herbert Simmons, the director of the St. Clair County Emergency Management Agency, said to The New York Times regarding the incident.