The disaster affected at least five states: Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, and Tennessee.
Dozens of people were killed as a result of a series of tornadoes that swept through several U.S. states. Usually, such natural disasters and extensive destruction are observed in the spring.
Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear said Saturday that at least 70 people were killed in the tornado.
“Earlier in the morning we had data on 50 victims, now the death toll has increased to 70. The number of victims may grow to 100,” the governor said at a press conference.
“Some places have been significantly affected,” Beshear said. According to him, a state of emergency has been introduced in the region; National Guard units have been deployed to eliminate the consequences.
In Edwardsville, Illinois, police made a statement on Facebook that a “severe weather phenomenon” led to a “partial collapse of a building” at an Amazon warehouse and that a rescue operation is currently underway.
A tornado also hit a nursing home in the town of Coin in northern Arkansas, but the total number of victims and the degree of destruction are still being clarified. According to press reports, one resident of the nursing home has died.
Officials said a series of tornadoes affected at least five states: Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, and Tennessee.
Meteorologist Eric Fisher tweeted that if a tornado near the Tennessee border remains on the ground, “it will be the longest tornado trail in U.S. history (the total length of tornadoes in three states was 219 miles or 352 kilometers).”