Tornadoes Hit Kentucky



Rick Foley, 70, sits outside his home after a devastating outbreak of tornadoes ripped through several U.S. states in Mayfield, Kentucky, U.S. December 11, 2021. “I was in the middle of it, just trying to pull the pieces together now,” said Rick who survived the storm crouched in a doorway inside his home. REUTERS/Cheney Orr TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Alex Montoya, Staff Writer

Recently, Kentucky was hit with a tornado, which left 64 dead across the state as of Monday morning. At least 18 counties suffered damage from the storm.

There were more than 25,000 people in southwestern Kentucky that remained without power.  Homes and businesses had been torn from their foundations. Two warehouses had collapsed, which trapped and killed employees.

Thousands of Kentuckians were left without power in mid-December, forcing Tennessee and Kentucky to open shelters where people can rest and warm themselves. Kentucky officials are still working to identify residents that were killed in the weekend tornado outbreak. They are still trying to verify information from a candle manufacturer indicating that the death toll at the factory is way lower than feared. There were about 100 people working on holiday candle orders when the tornado hit the facility. The damage instintaly put a bunch of fear in everyone that workers could be found dead in the rubble.

One tornado had tore through four states over the four hours, and it is believed to be the longest distance for a tornado in US history. Temperatures were also below freezing during that night, with winds also estimated at up to 200mph. The path of devastation was about 227 miles long, this would surpass the 218-mile-so-called Tri-State tornado in 1925 which killed at least 690 people and destroyed 15,000 homes across Indiana, Missouri, Illinois.

There were about 450 national guard members that had joined workers and volunteers searching for missing people.  While Kentucky had been hit the hardest, several tornadoes also left a toll in the states of Missouri, Arkansas, Illinois, Mississippi, and Tennessee.

The tornadoes killed at least four in Tennessee, six in Illinois, two in Arkansas, and two in Missouri. One person was killed and five were seriously injured when a tornado tore through a nursing home with 90 beds in Monette, Arkansas. A few miles away in Leachville, Arkansas, a tornado destroyed a Dollar general store, killing one person.

There are photos and videos posted showing brick buildings in downtown Mayfield flattened, and parked cars nearly buried under debris.