In the US state of Kentucky, at least 70 people were reportedly killed by the hurricane. “I’m afraid there are over 70 dead in Kentucky, and maybe 70 to 100 people have been affected,” Gov. Andy Bessier told reporters in an initial statement. Other U.S. states were also affected by severe storms, which were accompanied by several hurricanes that hit the southeast and central United States on Saturday evening (local time).
Videos showing severe property damage in Kentucky have circulated on social media such as Twitter. A train derailed in Hopkins County.
The first reports were “really heartbreaking,” the governor of Kentucky continued. In the state, the town of Mayfield has been particularly affected. Bessier said the roof of a factory there could collapse and claim many lives. According to the New York Times, 110 people were in a candle factory when the hurricane hit the city.
In addition to this condition, fatalities and serious property damage have been reported in Tennessee, Missouri, Illinois and Arkansas. At least one death has been reported in Arkansas and at least two in Tennessee.
100 employees were added to the Amazon warehouse
In southern Illinois, a hurricane partially destroyed the distribution center building of online retailer Amazon. According to Edwardsville City Police Chief Mike Philback, it is not known how many people were at the scene of the crash. We’re talking about 100 employees. There are also reports of casualties there.
US President Joe Biden called this an “unimaginable tragedy”. “We are working with the governors to make sure they have everything they need as the search for survivors and the damage assessment continue,” Biden wrote on Twitter.
Scientists continue to warn that climate change is increasing the number of storms and their intensity. This particularly affects areas where extreme weather events are already on the day line.
se / kle (rtr, dpa, ap, afp, twitter)