Dozens presumed dead after tornadoes, severe storms sweep across 5 states


Dozens of people are presumed dead after tornadoes and severe storms swept across five states Friday night into Saturday morning.

The storms hit Kentucky, Illinois, Arkansas, Tennessee and Missouri, The Associated Press reported. 

Dozens were killed at a candle factory in Kentucky, according to Republican Gov. Andy Beshear, who said he expects the state's total death toll to surpass 50.

“There were about 110 people in it at the time that the tornado hit it,” Beshear said. “We believe we’ll lose at least dozens of those individuals. It’s very hard, really tough, and we’re praying for each and every one of those families.”

At least one person was killed, five suffered major injuries, one incurred minor injuries and 20 were trapped after a tornado hit the Monette Manor nursing home in Arkansas, Craighead County Judge Marvin Day told The Associated Press.

A number of fatalities also occurred at an Amazon fulfillment center in Illinois, with at least 100 emergency vehicles responding to the scene after the roof and one of the walls collapsed.

“The safety and well-being of our employees and partners is our top priority right now,” Amazon spokesperson Richard Rocha told the newswire. “We’re assessing the situation and will share additional information when it’s available.”

Dean Flener, spokesman for the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, said there were three confirmed deaths in the state from weather-related events, according to the AP. 

One died and two others were injured after a building collapsed in Missouri due to severe weather.

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