Mayfield, United States: Overnight, dozens of devastating tornadoes swept through six states in the United States. On Saturday, more than 80 people died and dozens of people were missing. President Joe Biden said this may be American history. One of the “biggest” storms on the island.
“It’s a tragedy,” a shaken Biden said in televised comments. “And we still don’t know how many lives are lost and the full extent of the damage.”
As the cold night fell Saturday, scores of search and rescue officials were helping stunned citizens across the US heartland sift through the rubble of their homes and businesses, desperately searching for any more survivors.
More than 70 people are believed to have been killed in Kentucky alone, many of them were workers at a candle factory, while at least six died in an Amazon warehouse in Illinois where they were on the night shift processing orders ahead of Christmas.
“The devastation is unlike anything I have seen in my life, and I have trouble putting it into words,” he told reporters.
He told reporters: “This destruction is different from anything I have seen in my life, and it is difficult for me to express it in words.”
Bashir has declared a state of emergency in the state.
The town of Mayfield in western Kentucky was reduced to a “match stick,” its mayor Casey Aonan told CNN.
The town of 10,000 people is officially described as “Zero Land” and it appears post-apocalyptic: city blocks are razed to the ground; historic houses and buildings are razed to the ground; tree trunks stripped of branches; cars Overturned in the field.
Some Christmas decorations can still be seen on the side of the road.
Beshear said that when the storm hit, about 110 people were working at the candle factory, which caused the roof to collapse.
He said that 40 people have been rescued, but “if anyone is still alive, it will be a miracle.”
CNN broadcast a heartbreaking request posted on Facebook by a factory employee.
“We are trapped, please, y’all, get us some help,” a woman says, her voice quavering as a co-worker can be heard moaning in the background.
“We are at the candle factory in Mayfield… Please, y’all. Pray for us.”
The woman, Kyanna Parsons-Perez, was rescued after being pinned under a water fountain.