The States of Kentucky, Arkansas, Missouri and Tennessee slept on Friday only to be woke in the middle of the night as what is being described as the deadliest tornadoes to hit the state and the US in general, struck like a thief in the middle of the night.
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It was reported that the tornadoes hid under the cloak of darkness overnight on Friday then manifested at night, then into the early hours of Saturday. The death toll which started at 50, rose to 72 by Saturday and now is a totally of 100 is feared dead as of Sunday morning.
President Biden while reacting to the unforeseen development, promised the affected that the federal government will provide all they will to get through these trying times. He stressed that his heart bleeds for those affected by the disaster, including the rescue crews who got trapped and didn’t make it.
Experts believed that the devastating of this tornadoes was felt this hard because it happened at the night, hinting that it wouldn’t be any less painful but tornadoes are more than twice as likely to cause fatalities than their daytime counterparts.
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That’s because tornadoes are harder to see at night, and people who are sleeping often don’t have a way to be woken when warnings are issued. However,
Andy Beshear , the Governor of Kentucky said it was “the deadliest tornado system to ever run through Kentucky”. In his words;
“Earlier this morning at about 5am we were pretty sure that we would lose over 50 Kentuckians. I am now certain that that number is north of 70, it may in fact end up exceeding 100 before the day is done.”
Mr Beshear said four tornadoes had torn through the state, with the primary tornado travelling more than 227 miles (365km) across the state.
He said the community of Mayfield had been devastated, with a roof collapse at a candle factory resulting in “mass casualties”. Almost 60,000 people had been left without power.