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The death toll from a tornado outbreak in Kentucky, which has left dozens of people dead over the weekend, is expected to rise, said Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear, as rescuers continued to comb through fields of wreckage to find survivors on Sunday morning.
“This is the deadliest tornado event we have ever had. I think it’s going to be the longest and deadliest tornado event in U.S. history,” he told CNN on Sunday, adding that at least 80 people died in severe weather conditions.
But that “number is going to exceed more than 100. This is the deadliest tornado event we’ve ever had,” Beshear continued. “We have half of some of our towns here in western Kentucky that are just gone. It’s hard to see,” Beshear added in a separate interview.
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Starting on late Friday and into Saturday, tornadoes ripped through parts of Kentucky, which collapsed buildings, destroyed homes, and left thousands of people without power. One tornado that remained on the ground for hundreds of miles destroyed a candle factory, an Amazon distribution center, and a nursing home.
About 110 people were working at the candle factory in Mayfield when the tornado struck, but Beshear said Sunday that only about 40 people who were inside have been rescued. The governor said he’s skeptical that more people will be pulled out alive from the factory’s wreckage. . . .
In Kentucky alone, 22 were officially confirmed dead by late Saturday, including 11 in and around Bowling Green. The toll of 36 across five states stood at six deaths in Illinois, where an Amazon facility was hit; four in Tennessee; two in Arkansas, where a nursing home was destroyed; and two in Missouri.
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker confirmed the Amazon facility deaths, adding that about 45 people have been rescued. Edwardsville Fire Chief James Whiteford told reporters over the weekend that the rescue effort has turned into a recovery effort, and it will take days to complete.
Debris from destroyed buildings and shredded trees covered the ground in Mayfield, a city of about 10,000 in western Kentucky. Twisted metal sheeting, downed power lines, and wrecked vehicles lined the streets. Windows and roofs were blown off the buildings that were still standing. . . .
“Whatever is needed, the federal government is going to find a way to supply it,” Biden said on Saturday.
(Excerpt from The Epoch Times.
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Dear Heavenly Father, I pray all who cried out to you in their desperation will be saved. Like Job, many are left with nothing but their lives. Like him, their children are gone, their homes are gone, but their lives were spared. I cry out to You for mercy for all those left behind. May Your love remove their pain and agony and give them hope in a life to come. A new life in Christ and in His abundance. When Job prayed for his friends, You restored his fortunes. In fact, You gave him twice as much as before! Would you do this again Father? I ask in the Mighty Name of Jesus, who walks upon the storms, who calms the storms, who lifts us out of the storms for Your Glory and our good. Amen
Psalm 34:6-7 In my desperation I prayed, and the LORD listened; He saved me from all my troubles. For the angel of the LORD is a guard; He surrounds and defends all who fear Him.
Lord, I cry out to you on behalf of the victims of this tornado, and all of their loved ones. What a terrible thing to occur, especially right before the world celebrates the coming to earth of You, oh Lord. Please, pour out Holy Spirit upon the families of the victims and give them comfort. I pray for complete and full recovery for anyone that was injured in these tornados. I pray for the recovery effort and the clean-up, and rebuilding process. In Jesus’ Holy name.
spirit upon these unfortunate victims and their families. Please provide the comfort that only You can provide