On Sunday, emergency services were still searching for survivors at a candle factory in the city center. To us, Became a symbol of the devastation caused by the hurricane that killed at least 94 people.
This exceptional weather event affected five states, leaving hundreds of kilometers on the path of destruction, but it Mayfield, In the state Kentucky, The disaster was bad.
From the candle factory Mayfield There are no consumer products except for the problem of twisted beams and metal sheets stacked several feet high.
With cranes, bulldozers and other mechanical equipment, rescuers advanced slowly this Sunday, hoping a miracle would happen.
About 110 workers were working at the plant Friday night to meet demand for the Christmas season, when the hurricane destroyed everything. Several dozen of those workers were missing.
“This is a very sad and serious operation at the moment”Assistant Coordinator for Michael Dossett said Kentucky, Confirms that no one was rescued from the rubble in the early hours of the morning.
“This is a war zone vision”He added on CNN.
Interview with NBC Mayor MayfieldKathy O’Neill seemed to minimize the possibility of a miracle: “There is still hope. But for now, what we believe is a warm shelter for our survivors.
The balance will be bad
The candle factory, family business, has created emergency funds to help families.
In other areas KentuckyScenes of destroyed buildings, wrecked metal structures, overturned vehicles, broken trees and bricks scattered in the streets have also been reported in the states of Missouri, Illinois, Tennessee and Arkansas.
All five of these states have passed “One of the worst hurricane series” In the history of the country, President Joe Biden, lamented this destruction “Unimaginable tragedy.”
Federal disaster response agencies began sending dispatches to the area, the federal government assured Biden. “He will do all he can to help.”
There have been numerous expressions of solidarity from abroad.
Russian President Vladimir PutinReal condolences “, And Pope Francis sent his prayers from St. Peter’s Square to the people there. Kentucky.
The death toll rose on Sunday: at least 80 people were killed KentuckyState Governor Andy Bessier announced. And he predicted “The number will be over a hundred”.
A hurricane is a violent weather event that particularly affects the vast plains of the United States.
In amateur videos taken on Friday night, large black columns can be seen sweeping the floor, glowing with intermittent lightning.
Part of the local heritage was erased from the map.
In Mayfield, The old churches were completely destroyed and the historic court building was severely damaged.
“It simply came to our notice thenAlex Goodman, a resident of this city of about 10,000 people, told AFP after a dark and tense night.
Kentucky According to its governor, it was the longest hurricane ever recorded in the United States, covering more than 320 kilometers (200 miles). The longest, 219 miles long, occurred in Missouri in 1925 and killed 695 people.
“We got a warning at 09:30 in the morning and they told us the hurricane was approaching. It came suddenly.”David Norseworth, 69, told AFP from the ruined porch of his home Mayfield. “We have never seen anything like it here. Wherever it strikes, it destroys everything.
The tragedy at the Amazon warehouse
About thirty of these storms blew across the country on Friday night.
Another site particularly affected was the Amazon warehouse in Edwardsville, Illinois, where at least six people were killed. Rescue teams are still searching for survivors Sunday.
“We are saddened by the loss of our colleagues there. Our thoughts and prayers go to their families and loved ones.” Amazon boss Jeff Bezos said on Twitter.
Four deaths have been reported in Tennessee and two in Arkansas, while at least two deaths have been reported in Missouri.
President Biden stressed that weather events “High intensity” With global warming, but not the direct causal relationship between climate change and the catastrophe that plunged the country into mourning.