PADUCAH, Ky. – While the National Weather Service has confirmed five total tornadoes hit Missouri and Illinois over the weekend, Kentucky appears to have been the hardest hit Friday night as the storms roared through multiple states.
Kentucky’s governor said tornadoes may have killed 70 people in the state and the death toll may exceed 100.
Gov. Andy Beshear said Saturday that a twister had touched down for more than 200 miles in the state.
Severe storms moved through the area Friday night and caused catastrophic damage across multiple states. The storms hit a candle factory in Kentucky, an Amazon facility in Illinois and a nursing home in Arkansas. Officials had confirmed 36 deaths.
Kentucky State Police Trooper Sarah Burgess said rescue crews were using heavy equipment to move rubble at the candle factory.