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Post by PigPen Sat 11 Dec 2021, 17:24

Okay folks, take a deep breath, you may have heard there was a devastating  tornado that hit Kentucky last night.  A town names Maysfield was hit really hard--- it is Maysfield NOT Maysville, which is about 300 miles away.

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Kentucky tornadoes: At least 70 feared dead in storms
MAYFIELD, Ky. —
At least 70 people were feared dead in Kentucky after tornadoes and severe weather tore through multiple states and caused catastrophic damage.
Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said at a news conference Saturday that the death toll may exceed 100.
This has been the most devastating tornado event in our state’s history,” Beshear said.
The storms hit a candle factory in Kentucky, an Amazon facility in Illinois and a nursing home in Arkansas. Beshear said about 110 people were in the Mayfield factory when the tornado hit.
Kentucky State Police Trooper Sarah Burgess said search and rescue teams were going through the rubble Saturday but didn't yet have a number for how many have died.
“We just can’t confirm a number right now because we are still out there working, and we have so many agencies involved in helping us,” Burgess said.
She said rescue crews were using heavy equipment to move rubble at the candle factory in western Kentucky. Coroners were called to the scene and bodies were recovered, but she didn’t know how many. She said it could take a day and potentially longer to remove all of the rubble.
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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."
Kyana Parsons-Perez, an employee at the factory, was trapped under 5 feet (about 1.5 meters) of debris for at least two hours until rescuers managed to free her.
In an interview with “TODAY,” she said it was the “absolutely the most terrifying” event she had ever experienced. “I did not think I was going to make it at all.”
Just before the tornado struck, the building’s lights flickered. She felt a gust of wind, her ears started “popping” and then, “Boom. Everything came down on us.” People started screaming, and she heard Hispanic workers praying in Spanish.
Among those who helped rescue the trapped workers were inmates from the nearby Graves County Jail, she said.
“They could have used that moment to try to run away or anything, but they did not. They were there, helping us,” she said. Elsewhere in Graves County, the landscape was a scene of devastation with uprooted trees, downed utility poles, a store destroyed and homes severely damaged.
At least one person died at an Amazon facility in Edwardsville, Illinois, Police Chief Mike Fillback told reporters Saturday morning. The roof of the building was ripped off and a wall about the length of a football field collapsed.
Two people at the facility were taken by helicopter to hospitals in St. Louis, Fillback said. The chief said he did not know their medical conditions. Edwardsville is about 25 miles (40 kilometers) east of St. Louis.
It wasn’t immediately clear whether the damage was caused by straight-line storms or a tornado, but the National Weather Service office near St. Louis reported “radar-confirmed tornadoes” in the Edwardsville area around the time of the collapse.
About 30 people who were in the building were taken by bus to the police station in nearby Pontoon Beach for evaluation.
Early Saturday, rescue crews were still sorting through the rubble. Fillback said the process could take several more hours. Cranes and backhoes were brought in to help move debris.
“The safety and well-being of our employees and partners is our top priority right now,” Amazon spokesperson Richard Rocha said in a written statement Friday night. “We’re assessing the situation and will share additional information when it’s available.”
Workers at a National Weather Service office had to take shelter as a tornado passed near their office in Weldon Spring, Missouri, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) west of St. Louis. One person died and two others were injured in building collapses near the towns of Defiance and New Melle, both just a few miles from the weather service office.
A tornado struck the Monette Manor nursing home in Arkansas on Friday night, killing one person and trapping 20 people inside as the building collapsed, Craighead County Judge Marvin Day told The Associated Press.
Five people had serious injuries, and a few others had minor ones, he said. The nursing home has 86 beds.
Three storm-related deaths were confirmed in Tennessee, said Dean Flener, spokesman for the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency. Two of the deaths occurred in Lake County, and the third was in Obion County - both in the northwestern corner of the state.
The storms swept through Bowling Green, Kentucky, near the Tennessee border, tearing off roofs of homes and flinging debris into roadways. The GM Corvette Assembly Plant and the nearby Corvette Museum sustained light damage. A semitrailer was overturned and pushed against a building just across the street.
Western Kentucky University's president said on Twitter that one of its student who lived off-campus was killed. Timothy C. Caboni, the school's president, offered condolences and asked all students to check in with loved ones. He said the school's main structures were mostly spared of major damage and that workers were trying to restore power, campus networks and phone lines.
The school called off commencement ceremonies that were planned for Saturday because the campus was without power.
Ronnie Ward, a Bowling Green police spokesman, said in a telephone interview that rescue efforts in Bowling Green and elsewhere were hampered by debris strewn across roads. Ward said numerous apartment complexes in Bowling Green had major structural damage, and some factories had collapsed during the storms.
“Right now we’re focusing on the citizens, trying to get to everybody that needs us,” Ward said.

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Post by annemarie Sat 11 Dec 2021, 18:15

[size=48]Over 70 Believed to Be Dead in Kentucky Following Tornadoes: 'One of the Toughest Nights,' Says Governor
"We believe our death toll from this event will exceed 50 Kentuckians and probably end up closer to 70 to 100 lost lives," Governor Andy Beshear said in a Saturday press conference
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Over 70 people are believed to be dead in Kentucky following an outbreak of tornadoes late Friday evening into early Saturday morning, according to Governor Andy Beshear.
On Saturday, Beshear, 44, announced in a press conference that he declared a state of emergency and activated 181 guardsmen from the National Guard. "It's devastating," he said.
"Multiple tornadoes have touched down and we have damage in, I believe, over a dozen Kentucky counties," Beshear then noted, before detailing that four tornadoes — including one that remained on the ground for more than 200 miles after hitting land — had traveled through the state.
"We have deaths in multiple, possibly many, counties," Beshear continued. "We believe our death toll from this event will exceed 50 Kentuckians and probably end up closer to 70 to 100 lost lives."

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 "We will make it through this," he added. "We will rebuild — We are strong, resilient people."

In a social media statement, Beshear tweeted a letter to President Joe Biden and asked for "an immediate federal emergency declaration" for what he described as "one of the toughest nights in Kentucky's history."
Biden issued his own Twitter statement following the destruction and loss of life on Saturday.
"This morning, I was briefed on the devastating tornadoes across the central U.S. To lose a loved one in a storm like this is an unimaginable tragedy," he shared. "We're working with Governors to ensure they have what they need as the search for survivors and damage assessments continue."



This morning, I was briefed on the devastating tornadoes across the central U.S. To lose a loved one in a storm like this is an unimaginable tragedy. We’re working with Governors to ensure they have what they need as the search for survivors and damage assessments continue.
— President Biden (@POTUS) December 11, 2021

As of Saturday morning, over 67,000 customers are currently experiencing outages in Kentucky, according to PowerOutage.US. 
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Tornadoes were also reported in parts of Missouri, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi as well, CNN reported.
The tornadoes reportedly ripped through an occupied candle factory in Kentucky, an Amazon warehouse in Illinois, and a nursing home in Arkansas.
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Elsewhere in Kentucky, a train was derailed near Earlington, as Matt Sanderson, a sheriff for Hopkins County, explained to KYWX.
In a statement given to The New York Times, Cindy Schild — a spokeswoman for the freight railroad company CSX — said: "There are no reported injuries to the crew. CSX personnel are on route to the scene and will coordinate with local emergency responders to assess the situation."

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Post by annemarie Sat 11 Dec 2021, 18:20

Augusta doesn't seem to have been hit thank goodness, this is a nightmare.

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Post by Donnamarie Sat 11 Dec 2021, 18:48

I admit when I first heard Maysfield was hit hard I thought this is where Nick and Nina live.  But figured out they live in Maysville.  Thanks PigPen for posting this today.  This is just horrible and devastating what happened in this part of Kentucky.  I suspect Nick and Nina will do what they can to help their state.
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Post by party animal - not! Sun 12 Dec 2021, 12:20

You are not alone, Donnamarie - checked where Augusta was in relation to Maysville - but then saw that they celebrated the Rotary Christmas there yesterday!

It is all over the news here too (and the possible global warming links) - and so good to see that Bezoz decided instead to tweet about his fun trip in space after the devastation and deaths at his poorly made warehouse!!?

Ps pleased to see that you have a president now who instantly recognises the problem and does something about it...

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