United States

Tornado could kill up to 100 people in Kentucky, local authorities say

15:04, 11 December 2021
Tornado could kill up to 100 people in Kentucky, local authorities say Photo: Justin1569/wikipedia.org/CC BY-SA 3.0

At least 80 people have been confirmed dead following the tornado that struck the US state of Kentucky last night, the Governor of the state Andy Besheer reported.


"The reports are really heartbreaking. We believe we’ll lose at least dozens of those individuals," Andy Besheer said.

Beshear also declared a state of emergency in his state and added that the damage would be "some of the worst we’ve seen in a long time".

In addition, three people reportedly died in two tornadoes in Tennessee. According to the WMC TV channel, one tornado hit the Obion district and claimed the life of one person. Another tornado in Lake County killed two and there is information about the unconfirmed victims.

The hurricane also hit Edwardsville, Illinois, as dozens of people were trapped in the rubble due to the partial collapse of the warehouse of the online retailer Amazon.

At least two residents of a nursing home were killed and five were injured in a tornado in the city of Monette in the US state of Arkansas, the local authorities reported.

The U.S. National Weather Service issued tornado warnings on Friday night in several states, including Arkansas, Tennessee, Missouri, and Illinois.