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More than 30 tornadoes hit six central states of the U.S.

More than 30 tornadoes hit six | 기사입력 2022/01/13 [14:58]

More than 30 tornadoes hit six central states of the U.S.

More than 30 tornadoes hit six | 입력 : 2022/01/13 [14:58]

The death toll is continuing to rise as a powerful tornado sweeps the central United States. U.S. President Joe Biden declared a federal emergency in Kentucky, the most affected area. 



According to CNN on December 11th, more than 30 tornadoes hit six central U.S. states, including Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Missouri, from December 10th to 11th. It is estimated that more than 70 deaths have occurred in Kentucky alone so far. At least 84 people have died in five states, including Kentucky, Missouri, and Illinois. The death toll is likely to increase further in the future.

 

Andy Beshear, governor of Kentucky, the state which suffered the most from these tornadoes, said at a press conference that day, “The number of deaths in our state alone could rise to more than 100 in the future,” adding, “It is the worst tornado in Kentucky’s history.”

The candle factory in Mayfield City, Kentucky, was destroyed by a tornado and only about 40 out of 110 people were rescued. Several employees were reportedly working overtime at the time to manufacture candles for Christmas gifts.

 

In addition to the candle factory, most of the buildings in Mayfield City have collapsed, and all kinds of debris, including broken trees and destroyed vehicles, are filling the streets. Mayfield Mayor Kathy Oh-nan said, “The city looked like a pile of matchsticks.”

 

At least six people were confirmed to have died when the Amazon logistics warehouse in Illinois also collapsed due to a tornado. In Arkansas, two deaths occurred in a nursing hospital and a shop. Four people were found to have died in Tennessee and two in Missouri.

The tornado is estimated to have a longer route than the 1925 tornado, which is considered the worst in U.S. history. At that time, it swept a total of 219 miles (about 352 kilometers), killing a total of 695 people. Victor Gensini, a researcher at the University of Northern Illinois, said, “The tornado route in 1925 was 355 kilometers, but this tornado appears to be 400 kilometers or more,” adding, “Tornadoes rarely occur in cold winter, but such tornadoes have recently collided with cold front in the Midwest.”

 

President Joe Biden was informed of the damage and ordered immediate federal resource response. He also declared a state of emergency in Kentucky, the most affected area, and expressed his condolences through a speech to the public on TV. “People lost their homes and their businesses. This is a tragedy. We still don’t know how many lives and how much damage we have. I want to emphasize what I said to the governors. The federal government will do everything it can to help.”

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