More than seventy people were killed in Kentucky, where at least one city was partially destroyed, while other victims were counted from Tennessee to Illinois. According to the National Meteorological Agency (NWS), one of them has traveled more than 400 km, on average, no more than 6 km.
As relief work continued Saturday morning, U.S. President Joe Biden a “Unimaginable tragedy” It also ensured that the federal administration co-ordinated with the governors of the affected states. “We work with governors [des Etats] To make sure we have what it takes to find survivors, He added.
In the evening, Joe Biden spoke again as he lamented “One of the worst hurricane series in history” United Nations. “This is a tragedy”Did he announce, “We do not yet know how many lives were lost or the full extent of the damage.”. “Everything is more intense when the weather warms up”, The US president continued, however, but did not establish a direct causal link between climate change and this catastrophe. Biden said he would consult with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on the matter.
This morning, the Central U.S. I was completely explained about the devastating hurricane, the loss of a loved one in the storm … https://t.co/XwrntSfAX2
Federal disaster response agencies have already begun to establish themselves there, Biden said. Kentucky has already declared a state of emergency, and others can follow suit if requested by the governors of the disaster-stricken states, he said. Joe Biden said he planned to move to Kentucky, but said he did not want to “Stand in the way” For rescue operations.
“Worst damage we have ever seen”
In total, at least 78 deaths have been reported in five states. Three were killed in Tennessee and two in Arkansas, according to officials and local media. In Illinois, police say at least two people were killed when an Amazon warehouse collapsed; At least one death should be mourned in Missouri.
But it is in Kentucky in the Middle-East of the country, especially after the passing of this devastating weather event affecting the plains of the United States, that the number is so high. “We were convinced that we were going to lose more than 50 Kentuckies., The governor of that state, Andy Bessier, told a news conference Saturday.
“Last night, West Kentucky suffered some of the worst damage we’ve seen since Hurricane Katrina. We urge everyone to stay in a safe place.”, He said earlier in a post on Twitter.
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The city of Mayfield was reduced to a ‘pile of competition’
Several districts in the state were devastated by the strong hurricane that traveled more than 300 kilometers. Mayfield, a city of 10,000 people, seems to have been the epicenter of the disaster. According to the first images sent at sunrise on Saturday, the entire city block was leveled as if it had been destroyed by an explosion. “The city has been hit hard. The devastation is huge.”, Michael Dawset, a local officer for relief, questioned on the CNN channel. He noted a “Ground zero”, A phrase used to describe the ruins of the World Trade Center after the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York City.
The roof of the candle factory collapsed “Countless sacrifices” In Mayfield, the governor explained. “Before midnight, I declared a state of emergency”, Mr. Bessier added that search and rescue teams have been called to the scene, which has been exacerbated by power outages. In the evening, the mayor of the city, Kathy O’Neill, told CNN that no one was able to come out alive from the rubble of the factory, raising fears that the number could worsen. Mayfield Center looks like Saturday “To the pile of matches”, She lamented.
Photos and videos of Mayfield shared on social media show buildings scattered in the streets, twisted metal, trees and bricks. American channels also filmed the path of the hurricane: black columns clearing the ground, flashing with intermittent lightning. “The damage is indescribable. The landscape of Mayfield as we know it has been turned upside down. ”Kentucky Police Department Dean Patterson said. “To this day we have not seen a witness.”, This officer added.
Workers trapped in an Illinois warehouse
Also in the northwest, Illinois, a strong wind partially tore the roof of an Amazon warehouse destroyed by a storm. Amazon employees in Illinois worked nights to process orders ahead of the Christmas holidays, stranded in a storm-ravaged warehouse the day before Saturday. Police confirmed that at least two people had died in the warehouse, and the local emergency management agency spoke “Many trapped” In the building.
Emergency services worked to free these people from the installation until early Saturday morning, with one-third of it being nothing but rubble. Pictures of the Edwardsville Amazon warehouse were shared by American news channels and social media, with most of the roof of the installation torn, one of the walls collapsed into the building and the entire site collapsed.
Illinois Governor J.P. Britzker said in his speech “Prayers for the People of Edwardsville”. “We are deeply saddened by this news.”Amazon spokeswoman Kelly Nandell added: “We continue to provide support to our staff and partners in the area.”
Three died in Arkansas and Tennessee
In the state of Arkansas, the media reported that one person was killed and twenty others were trapped in a nursing home. But are engaged in the task of rescuing those trapped in the structure of the building “Practically destroyed”Craighead County official Marvin Day told local news outlets.
In Tennessee, at least two people were killed in storm-related incidents, an emergency management official said, citing local media. The hurricane also hit Missouri.
Hurricane passage is a weather event that affects the United States every year, but many scientists have warned that climate change is increasing the magnitude and frequency of storms.
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