“This has been the most devastating tornado event in our state’s history. And for those that have seen it, what it’s done here in Grace County and elsewhere, it is indescribable.”
After grimly fluctuating death tolls since Friday’s devastating swarm of tornadoes, Gov. Andy Beshear of Kentucky said on Monday that there were 64 confirmed deaths in the state, though he expected that number to rise as crews continued to search through the ruins, The New York Times reports.
“It may be a week or even more before we have a final count,” the governor said in a news conference, adding that as many as 105 people in Kentucky were still unaccounted for.
Mr. Beshear said that of the confirmed deaths, 18 victims were still unidentified. The ages of the victims, he said, his voice frequently breaking with emotion, ranged from five months to 86 years. Six of the victims were under 18.
The most pointed questions over the number of deaths have been focused on a candle factory in Mayfield, Ky., which was completely crushed in the storm. It has been estimated that 110 people were at work at the factory on Friday night when the tornado hit. For days, it was unclear how many had made it out.
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