Tornadoes sweep over areas of the United States, at least 70 people are thought dead in Kentucky.

                                            The death toll might be up to 100 people.


At least 70 people were feared dead in Kentucky after tornadoes and severe weather tore through multiple states and caused catastrophic damage.

At a press conference on Saturday, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear indicated the death toll might top 100.

"This will be some of the greatest tornado damage we've seen in a long time," Beshear said early Saturday. "This is likely to be the most severe tornado outbreak in the history of our state."

"We estimate the death toll from this catastrophe will exceed 50 Kentuckians and will most likely reach 70 to 100," Beshear stated.

Mayfield, Kentucky was particularly heavily impacted, including a candle production business that was open at the time the twister struck. At the time of the tornado's near-collapse, there were 110 individuals in the building. Hundreds of lives are anticipated to be lost as a result of the incident, according to Beshear.

"This tornado event may surpass the 1974 super outbreak as one of the deadliest in Kentucky history," Kentucky Emergency Management Director Michael Dossett stated.

Dossett went on to explain that local reaction teams are assisting with rescue attempts, while Beshear announced the National Guard has been alerted, with 181 guardsmen deployed. The Kentucky State Police have also been working all night to save lives.

Beshear has also asked President Joe Biden to declare a national emergency.

The tornado that ripped across many Kentucky counties killed individuals in Arkansas as well. As it progressed through the night and morning, the supercell weakened and strengthened.

Beshear stated that the tornado that impacted Mayfield touched down and lingered on the ground for 227 miles.

A severe tornado was also reported near Bowling Green, as well as another in Taylorsville.

Dawson Springs, the hometown of his father, former Governor Steve Beshear, was also heavily damaged, said to Beshear.

According to Beshear, power outages are also on the rise in the western Kentucky area.

More information will be provided when the sun rises. Daybreak will almost certainly find that the number of people killed and property damage has risen much more.

Beshear projected that at least five Kentucky counties will suffer fatalities.

Fulton, Hickman, Graves, Marshall, Lyon, Caldwell, Hopkins, Muhlenberg, Breckinridge, Ohio, Bullitt, Spencer, Shelby, Logan, Christian, Warren, Edmonson, Taylor, and Marion counties were all affected in some way.

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