At Least 70 People Feared Dead in Storms, Kentucky Governor Says
Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear says he fears tornadoes have killed 70 people in the state and the death toll may exceed 100.
Severe storms moved through the area Friday night and caused catastrophic damage across multiple states.
Kentucky State Police Trooper Sarah Burgess said search and rescue teams were still going through the rubble Saturday but didn’t yet have a number for how many have died.
Coroners have been called to the scene of a candle factory in western Kentucky and bodies have been recovered, but she didn’t know how many.
Storms ripped through other states as well leaving damage in its wake.
Police in Illinois say at least one person died at an Amazon facility where the roof was ripped off after a possible tornado. Rescue crews are still sorting through the rubble there.
Three people have died in severe weather in Tennessee. One person has died after an apparent tornado tore through a nursing home in Arkansas. At least one fatality has been reported in Missouri. Western Kentucky University says emergency crews are assessing storm damage. One student who lived off campus was killed.