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Mayfield, Bowling Green, Candle Factory: Massive tornado casualties

Governor Bescher said a direct fund called the “Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund” would soon be launched.

Mayfield, Kentucky — Many tornadoes caused widespread damage and many lives were lost after the historic quad-state meteorological system passed most of it on Friday night in western Kentucky.

The most devastating place was Graves County, and Governor Andy Beshear said the city of Mayfield was “ravaged.”

“The level of devastation is different from what I’ve ever seen,” Bescher said at a press conference at noon. “I believe this will be the deadliest tornado system that has passed through Kentucky.”

Earlier this morning, Bescher predicted about 50 deaths, but is now “confident” that more than 70 Kentucky people are dying from the storm.

“It could be over 100 before the end of the day,” he said.

Kentucky trooper Sara Burgess has been reported to have suffered serious damage, including the collapse of a candle factory roof that had an estimated 110 people inside when a storm struck around 9:30 pm central time. He said he was.

Mr Bescher said the roof collapse caused “massive casualties.”

“We will lose a lot of lives at the facility,” Bescher said after looking directly at the factory and then returning. “It’s a very dire situation at the moment.”

He said the building was flattened and a car from the parking lot was on it with a huge metal drum, a leak of some corrosive chemicals.

“This is probably the toughest day of my life,” Graves County executive judge Jesse Perry told the media in tears. “We need your prayer, we need your help.”

According to Burgess, the city suffered extensive damage, including the collapse of structures and blockades of roads.

“Many houses have collapsed,” she said. “In fact, nursing homes and court squares were damaged. The courthouse here in Graves County was damaged.”

Bescher declared a state of emergency early on Saturday.

Individuals throughout Bluegrass are coming to help, and many out-of-state people are wondering how they can help Graves County.

At noon, Mr. Bescher said a direct fund called the “Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund” would soon be launched to support direct funding from donations to those in need.

In his morning briefs, he said there were four tornadoes that hit multiple counties in western Kentucky, and that the major tornadoes may have broken historical records.

“The major tornado was on the ground for more than 200 miles in our state,” he said in a Saturday morning briefing. “Something we have never seen.”

According to Bescher, 181 Kentucky National Guards have been deployed to the state-wide community to search, extract, and remove debris.

This story will be updated as more details become available.

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Mayfield, Bowling Green, Candle Factory: Massive tornado casualties

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