Kentucky tornado death toll reaches 74, but only 8 at candle factory

Kentucky tornado death toll reaches 74, but only 8 at candle factory
# 14 December 2021 08:28 (UTC +04:00)

The barrage of tornadoes that tore through six states killed at least 74 people in Kentucky, officials said on Monday, as those fortunate enough to survive unscathed opened their doors to victims whose homes were destroyed, and hundreds of the suddenly homeless took refuge in shelters, APA reports quoting Reuters.

The death toll was likely to rise as 109 people remained missing, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear said.

But no more dead were expected to come from a destroyed candle factory as a company spokesperson said later that a final accounting showed only eight dead. At one time, dozens were feared buried there beneath the rubble.

Some 28,000 Kentucky homes and businesses still lacked power, and 1,000 homes were damaged or destroyed, officials said, after the tornadoes surprised people by striking unusually late in the year during cold weather on Friday.

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