In the US state of Kentucky, at least 70 people are believed to have been killed by the hurricane. “I fear there will be more than 70 deaths in Kentucky, and perhaps as many as 70 to 100 people have been affected,” Governor Andy Bessier told reporters in an initial statement. Other U.S. states were also hit by violent storms, which were accompanied by several hurricanes that hit the southeast and center of the United States Saturday night (local time).
Videos showing severe property damage in Kentucky have been circulating on social media such as Twitter. A train derailed in Hopkins County.
Initial reports were “really heartbreaking,” the Kentucky governor continued. In the state, the city of Mayfield has been particularly hard hit. Bessier said the roof of a factory there could collapse and cause many casualties. According to the “New York Times”, 110 people were at a candle factory when the hurricane hit the city.
In addition to this state, fatalities and severe property damage have been reported from Tennessee, Missouri, Illinois and Arkansas. At least one fatality has been reported in Arkansas and at least two in Tennessee.
100 employees have been added to the Amazon warehouse
In southern Illinois, a hurricane partially knocked down the building of the distribution center for online retailer Amazon. According to Edwardsville City Police Chief Mike Philback, it is unclear how many people were at the scene of the crash. We are talking about about 100 employees. There are reports of casualties there as well.
US President Joe Biden called it an “unimaginable tragedy.” “We are working with governors to ensure they have everything they need as the search for survivors and damage assessments continue,” Biden wrote on Twitter.
Scientists continue to warn that climate change is increasing the number of storms and their intensity. This particularly affects areas where extreme weather events are already on the day line.
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