'One of the Largest' tornado hit USA, killing hundreds

At least 30 Tornadoes have ripped nearly 6 US states overnight, leaving a deadly path of destruction in parts of the South and Midwest. The tornado killed over a hundred people with Kentucky among the worst affected. Apart from Kentucky, the tornadoes have caused heavy damage in Tennessee, Missouri, Arkansas, Illinois and Mississippi.

The Kentucky governor Andy Beshear said the death toll may exceed a hundred people already. “It’s been one of the toughest nights in Kentucky history and some areas have been hit in ways that are hard to put into words," Gov. Andy Beshear said in a news conference.

More than 100 people were working in a factory in Mayfield that was ripped apart.

“There were about 110 people in it at the time that the tornado hit it,” Beshear said. “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.”

Police in Edwardsville, Illinois, say there are fatalities at an Amazon warehouse that was struck by a tornado. There is no word yet on the exact number.

“It’s a tragedy,” said a shaken Biden. “And we still don’t know how many lives are lost and the full extent of the damage.”

He added, “I promise you, whatever is needed – whatever is needed – the federal government is going to find a way to provide it.”

This catastrophic climatic event was triggered by a series of overnight thunderstorms, including a powerful storm-like condition that formed in northeast Arkansas. That storm later moved from Arkansas and Missouri and into Tennessee and Kentucky, leaving a trail of complete devastation.

The National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center said it received 36 reports of tornadoes touching down in Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri, Arkansas, and Mississippi.

Unusually high temperatures and humidity created the environment for such an extreme weather event at this time of year, said Victor Gensini, a professor in geographic and atmospheric sciences at Northern Illinois University.

“This is a historic, if not generational event,” Gensini said.

6 views0 comments