Tornadoes kill dozens in 5 states final toll still unclear

At least 50 dead in Kentucky as storms batter US


Washington: The governor of Kentucky told reporters earlier on Saturday that four tornadoes swept through the southeastern state of Kentucky, killing at least 50 people, and several storms swept across large areas of the country.

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear said that the strongest tornado swept 200 miles of the state and caused severe damage to some counties in Kentucky.

According to local media reports, a storm swept through a large warehouse in Amazon, Illinois that same night, and about 100 workers were trapped inside.

“I fear that there are more than 50 dead … probably closer to somewhere between 70 and 100, it s devastating,” Beshear said, adding that it was the “most severe tornado event in Kentucky s history.”

In one incident, the roof of a candle factory collapsed, resulting in “mass casualties” in the city of Mayfield, the governor added.

Pictures and videos shared on social media from Mayfield showed buildings ripped apart by the storm, with bent metal, trees and dislodged bricks scattered across the streets and only the remnants of houses left behind.

Images of the tornadoes from US news channels showed a black cylinder sweeping across the ground, illuminated by intermittent blasts of lightning.

“Before midnight I declared a state of emergency,” Beshear said.

He added that as power outages continue to hit the area, dozens of search and rescue personnel have been deployed to save lives.

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