Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear says it is “likely” more than 70 to 100 people died from Severe tornado hits Mayfield in western Kentucky or “significantly up north of that.” #pray for kentucky
The governor made the report in an interview at a press conference tornado hits destroying buildings 71 or more have died.
“Yes, I fear there are more than 50 dead,” he said. “Confirmation from each individual is coming in. It will be closer to 70 and 100. It’s devastating. There were four tornadoes one of which was the 200-mile tornado. The longest one was a 227-mile tornado it touched down and stayed down for that period of time. A candle factory in the Mayfield area with more than 100 people inside was particularly hit hard, and rescue efforts were under way. Tens of thousands of Kentuckians were without power Saturday morning, according to the website PowerOutage.us.
Gov. Beshear has declared a state of emergency following tornadoes throughout Western Kentucky on Friday night. One tornado moved through Mayfield, Kentucky, leaving a massive wake of damage and destroying several buildings. A plant in Mayfield could have more than a dozen dead, Beshear said.
“I can’t get through to family I have in the area,” he said. “I know there are other people going through the same thing. It’s going to be all right. It’s going to be hard. We will make it through this too.
The Kentucky National Guard and the Kentucky State Police have been activated to help communities impacted.
According to WPSD Local 6, The Graves County Emergency Management Office says a shelter has been opened at Mayfield High School. They’re also saying that people who can safely walk can head to Fire Station 1 at 211 E. Broadway Street.
West Kentucky Rural Electric says power outages in the area could be ‘lengthy,’ as transmission lines are down and there is ‘widespread damage’ to their system. They also add that cell towers have been damaged and that phone lines are overwhelmed.
Storm spotters say that debris were thrown 30,000 feet into the air.
The National Weather Service in Paducah said it had “taken a power hit” and was turning operations over to the office in Springfield, Mo. “TORNADO EMERGENCY FOR THE CITY OF BENTON. A VIOLENT TORNADO IS MOVING INTO THE CITY OF BENTON IN MARSHALL COUNTY. TAKE SHELTER NOW!” the National Weather Service in Paducah said in a social media post at about 10:45 p.m. “Benton, Briensburg, and Grand Rivers are in the path of this storm!” the weather service said in another post. Minutes before, the weather service had warned of a violent tornado entering Mayfield, a city of about 10,000 in Graves County. ”This image makes reminds me of March 2, 2012,” Bailey tweeted. “Mayfield was just hit by a devastating tornado and this thing is still intensifying.” Mar. 2, 2012 was the day of a deadly tornado outbreak produced eight tornadoes and resulted in more than 20 deaths. “Please keep western Kentucky in your prayers,” Stephanie Hart tweeted. “My in-laws house is destroyed and I can’t get to my house. Mayfield has been flattened and one of my employees lost everything she had tonight. This is the worst tornado I’ve lived through. God help us in the coming days.”