SHOCKING photos reveal the devastation folks across Kentucky are waking up to this morning after multiple tornadoes ripped through their state and five others.
More than 70 people are believed to be dead in Kentucky alone in what Governor Andy Beshear is calling the “most severe tornado event in Kentucky’s history.”
In a press conference update late Saturday morning, Beshear said the death toll “may in fact end up exceeding 100 before the day is done.”
“This will be, I believe, the deadliest tornado system to ever run through Kentucky,” Beshear said.
It is estimated that four likely tornadoes ripped through the state, one of which traveled more than 200 miles in the western part of the state, according to reports.
Beshear stated that this is “something we have never seen before.”
The National Guard has been deployed and a state of emergency has been declared in Kentucky.
“We will make it through this,” Beshear said in his press conference.
“We will rebuild, we are strong, resilient people.”
President Joe Biden has been briefed on the situation and is expected to deliver remarks later on Saturday.
Read our tornado warning live blog for the very latest news and updates…
The storms tore through six states, including Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, and Mississippi.
According to reports, more than 100 tornado warnings were issued by the National Weather Service yesterday.
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DEVASTATION IN MAYFIELD, KENTUCKY
A candle factory in Mayfield, Kentucky had its roof torn off, with the possibility of more than 100 workers allegedly having been there at the time the tornado tore through.
Only around 40 have been rescued.
The last known successful rescue was made at approximately 3:30am local time, according to Beshear, who added that “we still hope and pray that there’s some opportunity for others.”
Just after 3pm ET, Mayfield Mayor Kathy O’Nan confirmed to CNN that no further recoveries have been made at that candle factory.
Ivy Williams, speaking to CNN, said that his wife was working in the candle factory and has not been heard from.
They’ve been together for 30 years, the man said.
“I’m lookin’ for you baby,” Williams said through sobs.
WAREHOUSE ROOF RIPPED OFF IN ILLINOIS
In Edwardsville, Illinois, a search is underway after a roof was torn off of an Amazon warehouse.
Two people have been confirmed dead with several others injured in this incident, according to reports.
Reports indicate that around 30 people were able to escape the warehouse, located about 20 minutes outside of St Louis.
“We’re deeply saddened by the news that members of our Amazon family passed away as a result of the storm in Edwardsville, Illinois,” a statement from Amazon reads in part.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their loved ones and everyone impacted by the tornado.”
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