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Kentucky governor says 74 confirmed dead in devastating tornadoes

Houses and businesses were simply "wiped out," US President Joe Biden said
December 12, 2021, Dawson Springs, United States: A Coke machine is removed from a home of a man who died after a tornado tore through rural Kentucky.. Multiple tornadoes touched down in several midwestern states late Friday evening causing widespread destruction and leaving an estimated 70-plus people dead. (Credit Image: © Jeremy Hogan/SOPA Images via ZUMA Press Wire Photo: Jeremy Hogan/SOPA Images via ZUMA Press Wire/dpa
A Coke machine is removed from a home of a man who died after a tornado tore through rural Kentucky. Photo: Jeremy Hogan/dpa.

Following some of the strongest tornadoes ever seen in the US overnight Friday, the governor of the particularly hard-hit state of Kentucky said on Monday that 74 deaths were confirmed but many more were expected.

"Our newest estimate on deaths... is that we are now up to 74 Kentuckians that we have lost," Andy Beshear said in a Monday afternoon briefing. "We expect that this death toll will continue to grow."

Beshear said 109 people were unaccounted for, "but as I look at this broken down by county... it's way more people unaccounted for than this."

The governor has called the event "the most devastating tornado event in our state's history."

A day earlier, Beshear had said that some 80 people were believed to have died in the state, but it would take a while to have definite numbers as "the confirmation process is slow."

US President Joe Biden announced plans to visit the disaster areas on Wednesday.

US media reported more than 30 tornadoes ripped across six states, with six deaths in Illinois, four in Tennessee and two in Arkansas.

Support for affected areas

Biden stressed on Monday that his government would do everything possible to support the affected states.

Many of the places affected are on the low-income side, he said. The people there couldn't just fly to relatives in another state.

"The devastation is, is just stunning," Biden said. "I mean, there's nothing left standing, basically, along the path that goes all the way through."

Houses and businesses were simply "wiped out," the president added.

Kentucky governor says 74 confirmed dead in devastating tornadoes
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