ATAt least fifty people were killed in Kentucky in a tornado, US state governor Andy Beshear said on Saturday. “I’m afraid there are more than 50 dead in Kentucky […], we are probably closer to 70 to 100 dead, it’s awful, ”he said at a press conference. Several counties in that state have been devastated, he added.
The roof collapse of a candle-making factory “has claimed countless lives” in the town of Mayfield, he said. “Before midnight, I declared a state of emergency,” he said.
Damage in other states
The tornado claimed victims and damaged several states in the southeast and south-central United States on Friday. Amazon employees were trapped Saturday in a warehouse of the distribution giant ravaged the day before in Illinois, according to authorities and media who speak of a hundred people.
In Arkansas, one person was killed, according to media reports. In Tennessee, at least two people were killed in incidents related to the storm, according to an emergency management official quoted by local media.