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Kentucky The most affected area From a series of unusual tornadoes that swept between Friday and Saturday six states in the Midwest and southeastern United States, causing destruction and dozens of deaths. In Kentucky alone, there are at least 80 confirmed deaths, and according to the state’s governor, Andy Bashir, the final toll is likely to be much more dire. Tens of thousands of people were without electricity and rescue teams are searching for the missing.

Bashir He said That the past few days were the worst event associated with weather phenomena of this type in the history of Kentucky, adding that “nothing that was in the direct line of the passage of a hurricane is still standing.”

Kentucky was affected by four particularly severe tornadoes, which destroyed hundreds of buildings and caused extensive damage, particularly in the western part of the state. In Mayfield, a city of about 10 thousand people, a hurricane caused the collapse of a candle factory employing 110 people, 40 of whom were already rescued on Saturday: the company confirmed on Sunday that 8 employees were killed and 8 were missing, reports that more than 90 were rescued people in good shape.

According to the authorities, the string of tornadoes that hit Kentucky and five other states in the past few days is particularly exceptional because tornadoes don’t usually form at this time of year. To give an idea of ​​how devastated it was, the Washington Post Tell A photograph of the Mayfield family was found 160 kilometers away.

In addition to Kentucky, at least 14 people died in other states affected by the hurricane, including Arkansas, Missouri and Tennessee. Six of them died in Illinois at the Amazon fulfillment center where they worked.

US President Joe Biden has allowed Kentucky’s request for a state of emergency and said his administration will do everything in its power to help all affected countries. Meanwhile, more than 90,000 homes in western Kentucky and northwestern Tennessee are without electricity. Rescue teams are working hard to clear the rubble, help residents and search for any missing persons.

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