A hurricane hit parts of the United States on Friday. For now, it’s Kentucky in the country’s Middle East, a weather event that particularly affects the United States every year, after the hurricane passes, with a large number of regrets.
At least 50 people were killed in what became known as the Cold War on Saturday, according to U.S. Gov. Andy Bessier.
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“I’m afraid more than 50 people will die in Kentucky (…), we could have killed 70 to 100 people, which is awful,” he told a news conference. Mayfield in particular, a city of 10,000 people, seems to have been at the center of the disaster. “The city has been hit hard. The devastation there is huge,” said Michael Dossett, a local relief officer with CNN. He referred to it as “Ground Zero” used to describe the ruins of the World Trade Center after the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York.
Governor Bessier said the collapse of the roof of a particular candle factory had “claimed countless lives” in the city. “Before midnight, I declared a state of emergency,” he said, adding that search and rescue teams had been suspended in the aftermath of the power outage. Photos and videos of Mayfield shared on social media show buildings scattered in the streets, twisted metal, trees and bricks. Many districts in Kentucky have been devastated by a strong hurricane that has traveled more than 300 kilometers across the state, the governor added. American Channels filmed the path of the hurricane: black cylinders sweeping the ground, flashing with intermittent lightning.
Hundreds of Amazon employees are trapped in the warehouse
And in the northwest, Illinois, about 100 people are trapped in a storm-ravaged Amazon warehouse, according to media reports. These are the employees of the distribution companies who worked at night to execute orders before the holiday season. The Collinsville Emergency Management Agency reported that after the “big incident” of “many people trapped in the Amazon warehouse”, the local media reported that 100 people were still inside.
Emergency services worked until early Saturday morning to try to remove the installation, but only a third of it was in ruins. 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.
“Prayers for the People of Edwardsville”
Illinois Gov. JP Pritcher addressed the “Edwardsville People’s Prayer”, noting that the Illinois Police and Emergency Management Agency “coordinates their operations closely with local authorities.” The assessment of potential victims has not yet been reported. In a statement to local media, Amazon spokesman Richard Rocha said Amazon was the “primary” member of the “Safety and Welfare” team of employees and associates. “We are assessing the situation and will share more information as it becomes available,” he added.
In Arkansas, the media reported that one person had been killed and 20 others were trapped in a nursing home. But rescuers evacuated those trapped in the “almost ruined” building, Craighead County official Marvin Day told local news outlets. Another died in the state.
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. Scientists have already warned that the magnitude and frequency of hurricanes affecting the United States are increasing.
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