Up to 100 people may have been killed as tornadoes and storms hit several US states, toppling buildings and trapping people inside.
Kentucky’s Governor Andy Beshear said the state had “experienced some of the worst tornado damage we’ve seen in a long time.”
He said: “We believe our death toll from this event will exceed 50 Kentuckians and probably end up closer to 70 or 100 lost lives.”
This is the Outskirts of Mayfield, KY. Hard to make a path in to downtown because roads are impassable with the amount of debris in the road pic.twitter.com/VaIngBIWNU
— Brandon Lane (@INstormchasing) December 11, 2021
Mr Beshear said four tornadoes had torn through 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, he added.
Mr Beshear said he had also declared a state of emergency.
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“It’s been one of the toughest nights in Kentucky’s history,” he said.
Before/After of Graves County Courthouse in Mayfield, KY. #kywxpic.twitter.com/mWIphPrvIN
— Scott McClellan (@ALAWXChase) December 11, 2021
Elsewhere, at least five people were confirmed to have died, and fatalities were confirmed at an Amazon warehouse after the roof collapsed.
Three people died in Tennessee, while one person died and several were injured when an apparent tornado hit a nursing home in Arkansas, and at least one fatality has been reported in Missouri.