Dozens are dead after a tornado ripped through a Kentucky town. It may be one of the largest tornadoes in American history.
More than 70 people are dead after a tornado ripped through Mayfield, Kentucky Friday night, with Gov. Andy Beshear saying the death toll will likely exceed 100.
- The tornado’s track and destruction “could rival the longest on record.”
- The weather is unusual for winter with high temperatures and humidity creating “the environment for such extreme weather.”
- Rescue crews are combing through the wreckage of a candle factory in Mayfield where 110 were working during the night.
- Authorities are asking people not to travel to the affected areas unless they’re “actively involved in rescue operations.”
- NBC News reported on the National Weather Service’s investigation into the tornado, saying it could be the longest tornado in history and suggesting “climate change may have also played a role.”
- ABC News also speculated on how climate change may have been a factor in the out-of-season storm.
- CNN reported on the hunt for a work release inmate who was working at the candle factory hit by the tornado and didn’t report back to prison after being released from the hospital.
- Daily Caller reported on President Biden’s declaration of a state of emergency for Kentucky, noting Biden’s intention to visit Kentucky “but he doesn’t want to be in the way of ongoing rescue efforts.”
- Townhall focused on Biden’s remarks that “obviously” climate change had an impact but that specifics were difficult to pinpoint.
- Fox News highlighted ire pointed at Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, a Republican, by various liberal politicians and commentators blaming him for “blocking legislation to reduce climate change.”
© Dallas Gerber, 2021