Last night, tornadoes and severe storms ripped through multiple states, including Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee, Illinois, and Missouri, leaving death and destruction in their path.
Please pray for the victims…
Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear held a press conference early this morning. “It’s devastating,” he said, as he declared a state of emergency and activated 181 guardsmen from the National Guard.
“We believe our death toll from this event will exceed 50 Kentuckians and probably end up closer to 70 or 100 lost lives,” he said. “We will make it through this,” he added. “We will rebuild; we are strong, resilient people.”
NBC News– Beshear said four tornadoes, one of which stayed on the ground for more than 200 miles after touching down, had swept through the state. Almost 60,000 Kentuckians had been left without power, he said.
The city of Mayfield had been “devastated,” he said, adding that a roof collapse at a candle factory had “resulted in mass casualties.”
Beshear said four tornadoes, one of which stayed on the ground for more than 200 miles after touching down, had swept through the state. Almost 60,000 Kentuckians had been left without power, he said.
Aerial footage shows scale of damage in Mayfield, Kentucky, after catastrophic tornado outbreak.
Officials fear there are at least 50 dead in Kentucky.
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) December 11, 2021
CBS Mornings reports:
UPDATE: At least five people were killed in the suspected tornadoes which barreled through Arkansas and Tennessee.
Kentucky’s governor says a roof collapse likely trapped workers inside a candle factory in Mayfield, possibly killing 50-100 people. pic.twitter.com/h043WphPSr
— CBS Mornings (@CBSMornings) December 11, 2021
A photo reveals the destruction to a church in Kentucky, only weeks before Christmas:
— ABC News (@ABC) December 11, 2021
Fox News reports – Major incidents included heavy damage to an Amazon warehouse in Edwardsville, Illinois, where two people are confirmed dead, and dozens of workers were reportedly trapped inside the building, and the destruction of a nursing home in Arkansas, where at least two people were killed, and five were hurt, according to reports.
— FOX2now (@FOX2now) December 11, 2021
Here’s another view of the Amazon facility in Illinois that was ravaged by a powerful tornado:
This is all that's left of an Amazon warehouse in Illinois after a tornado struck the building, in what's being described as a 'mass casualty event' by officials.
Several tornadoes struck a number of US states overnight, with reports of more than 50 people killed. pic.twitter.com/AG2RDadwb3
— Channel 4 News (@Channel4News) December 11, 2021
Details about the late-night tornadoes are horrific, with reports of debris being lifted over 30,000 feet into the air.
Radar suggests debris was lofted over 30,000 feet.
Let's not forget this tornado was at night. A truly horrific scenario.https://t.co/Jh1ORv2rG0
— Scott Duncan (@ScottDuncanWX) December 11, 2021
Devastation in Tennessee is also being reported as a Level 3 Emergency has been implemented:
LEVEL 3 State of Emergency: The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency has activated the State Emergency Operations Center to a Level 3-State of Emergency in the wake of early morning tornado-warned storms on Saturday. https://t.co/GgMn1S0Gkf
— FoxNashville (@FOXNashville) December 11, 2021