Devastation in the Heartland: Deadly Tornadoes Strike Kentucky, Illinois and Elsewhere

By The Stream Published on December 11, 2021

Heartbreak this morning as a swarm of vicious tornadoes overnight brought widespread dead and destruction throughout the Heartland. At least 30 twisters touched down, including a tornado that scored a direct hit on Mayfield, Kentucky. 

Kentucky Devastation

More than 50 people, perhaps as many as 100, have died in Kentucky, including workers trapped after a twister destroyed a candle factory in town of Mayfield.

Drone footage reveals the awful devastation to Mayfield. 

Lord, have mercy.

Gov. Andy Beshear has declared a state of emergency and requested the White House issue an immediate federal emergency declaration. 

Kyana Parsons-Perez, a factory employee, told NBC’s TODAY she was trapped under five feet of debris for at least two hours until rescuers managed to free her. It was “absolutely the most terrifying” event she’d ever experienced. “I did not think I was going to make it at all.”

In the horror, humanity. Parsons-Perez says rescuers at the factory included prisoners from the nearby Graves County Jail. “They could have used that moment to try to run away or anything, but they did not. They were there, helping us.”

“Mass Casualty Event” at Amazon Warehouse in Illinois

At least two workers were killed, with dozens more trapped after a storm collapsed an Amazon fulfillment center in Edwardsville, Illinois, outside St. Louis. Fox News reports a wall the length of a football field, and the warehouse’s roof have collapsed. Local emergency workers declared the collapse a “mass casualty event.” Fox 2’s Amelia Mugavervo reports that between 50 and 100 employees were thought to be in the building when it collapsed.

Tornado Strikes Nursing Home in Monette, Arkansas

A tornado struck the Monette Manor Nursing Home in Monette, Arkansas around 8:30 last night, collapsing the roof. Aerial footage this morning reveals the catastrophic destruction. One person is confirmed dead, and the remaining residents are accounted for. Looking at the damage, it’s amazing the toll wasn’t much higher. 

Relief Efforts Underway

Franklin Graham announced this morning his Samaritan’s Purse teams are already on the move to impacted areas.

Please join The Stream in praying for the residents of the impacted areas, the first responders working even at the hour to rescue those still trapped, and the families of those we lost overnight.

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