Kentucky tornadoes: Death toll could pass 100; towns without heat and water

Kentucky tornadoes: Death toll could pass 100; towns without heat and water

A cluster of powerful tornadoes that devastated the US state of Kentucky on Friday has left many towns without heat, water, and electricity in chilly temperatures, as authorities continue tallying the devastation.

President Joe Biden declared a major federal disaster on Sunday, paving the way for additional federal aid to be made available for the hardest-hit areas, the White House said.

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear formally requested the declaration on Sunday and said the death toll from the disaster could rise to more than 100. However, he said the number of missing at a destroyed candle factory in Mayfield, a town of about 10,000 in the southwestern corner of Kentucky, was lower than initially estimated.

“We’re still hoping as we move forward for some miracles to find more people,” the governor said during a visit Mayfield, one of the hardest hit.

Among the 110 people who were at the candle…

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