Authorities still do not have a final death toll after 30 tornadoes ripped through six states. Deemed 24 hours of terror, deaths have been reported from Arkansas, Tennessee, Illinois, Missouri and Kentucky.
Kentucky’s Governor says the state’s death toll ‘could exceed 100’ in part due to a collapsed candle factory in Mayfield. One of the workers, Kyanna Parsons-Perez was trapped under five feet of debris when she used Facebook to Livestream pleas for help for her and those trapped around her whose cries for help could also be heard.
“Y’all please send us some help. We are trapped. The wall is stuck on me. Nobody can get to us. Y’all. Pray for us. Try and get somebody to help us” Parsons-Perez begged. The candle shop was reportedly working around the clock to prepare for Christmas orders.
One of the 30 tornadoes has been aptly named the “quad-state tornado” and may have set a record for the longest continuous tornado in U.S. history after it wreaked havoc in Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee and Kentucky.
President Joe Biden has said he will visit the area when he won’t be in the way of recovery efforts. He also alluded to climate change as a potential cause. “This is likely to be one of the largest tornado outbreaks in our history,” Biden said on Saturday.
“Well, all I know is the intensity of the weather across the board has some impact as a consequence of the warming of the planet. The specific impact on these specific storms I can’t say at this point. But the fact is we all know everything is more intense when the climate is warming. Everything” said Biden.