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Kentucky tornadoes: Youngest victim was 5-months-old and at least 64 were killed

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear broke down in tears as he confirmed the ages of the youngest and oldest deaths, adding the toll would rise over the coming days.

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Kentucky tornadoes: Youngest victim was 5-months-old and at least 64 were killed

Kentucky tornadoes: Youngest victim was 5-months-old and at least 64 were killed

A five-month-old baby is one of more than 80 people so far confirmed dead in the devastating tornadoes to savage a large swath of America.

After grimly fluctuating death tolls since Friday’s devastating swarm of twisters, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear said his state alone had 64 people who perished but said the toll would rise.

“It may be a week or even more before we have a final count,” he said on Monday during an emotional press conference.

Kentucky tornadoes: Youngest victim was 5-months-old and at least 64 were killed
There are fears the death toll will rise as many are still unaccounted for.

"Like the folks in western Kentucky, I'm not doing so well today, and I'm not sure how many of us are.

"The devastation is unlike anything I have seen in my life.”

Beshear added that as many as 105 people in Kentucky were still unaccounted for.

The ages of the victims, he said, his voice frequently breaking with emotion, ranging from five months to 86 years. Six of the victims were under 18.

Kentucky tornadoes: Youngest victim was 5-months-old and at least 64 were killed
Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear breaks down in tears as he says the youngest tornado victim who died was just 5 months old.

A candle factory in Mayfield - the epicentre of one of the largest tornado’s - reported some positive news.

Fears were the death toll would run into dozens but of 110 people at the facility during the storm, 94 are alive and have been accounted for.

The governor said the company, Mayfield Consumer, is reporting eight deaths and eight people remain missing.

“We feared much, much worse and I pray that it is accurate,” Beshear said.

Kentucky tornadoes: Youngest victim was 5-months-old and at least 64 were killed
Residents embrace after taking part in an outdoor Sunday service with members of First Christian Church and First Presbyterian Church.

“With no phones, with 15 plus feet of wreckage that had a dozen backhoes trying to pull things off of it, there was no way at the time to know how many individuals made it out.”

Emergency workers, including 300 members of the National Guard, have been scouring debris for survivors and distributing water and generators to residents.

Beshear said dogs were also being used to help search through rubble, adding that "we're still finding bodies" in some locations.

In Illinois, six people were killed in a collapsed Amazon warehouse in Edwardsville and more are still missing.

Four deaths were confirmed in Tennessee, while two people were killed in Arkansas, one of them in a nursing home after it partially collapsed. One death was confirmed in Missouri.

President Joe Biden described the tragic event as "one of the largest" storm outbreaks in US history. He declared a major federal disaster in Kentucky and ordered federal aid to be made available to the hardest-hit areas.

The president said he would ask the Environmental Protection Agency to examine what role climate change might have played in the storms.

Source: The Mirror

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