Saturday, September 23, 2023

Deadly tornadoes rip IL, 5 other states


Tornadoes ripped through six states from Mississippi to Illinois Friday night, killing several people, damaging structures, and uprooting trees.

The National Weather Service in St. Louis issued countless tornado and severe thunderstorm warnings for the area Friday night. At least two major tornadoes were tracked through the region.

Officials said at least 70 people were trapped inside a flattened candle factory in Mayfield, Kentucky. Kentucky was “ground zero” for the tornadoes. Six fatalities were reported in a roof collapse at an Amazon warehouse in Edwardsville, Illinois, as the tornadoes tore a path through several states of at least 200 miles.

“This has been the most devastating tornado event in our state‚Äôs history,” The New York Times quoted Kentucky Gov Andy Beshear as saying at a press briefing. “The level of devastation is unlike anything I have ever seen.”

Upon approving an emergency declaration for Kentucky, President Joe Biden said, “We’re going to get through this, and we’re going to get through this together. The federal government is not going to walk away.”

The storms caused power failures at Edwardsville High School in Illinois, which was forced to cancel several events scheduled for Saturday, according to the school’s social media pages.

Paul Katula
Paul Katula is the executive editor of the Voxitatis Research Foundation, which publishes this blog. For more information, see the About page.

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