A terrible night of storms brings destruction and death across the central U.S.

In Edwardsville, Illinois, a massive Amazon fulfillment center was torn apart by a fast-moving tornado, leaving around 50 workers trapped and dozens more injured. As of Saturday morning, local officials had announced at least two deaths. 

In Monette, Arkansas, a nursing home was severely damaged by the same tornado that caused so much damage in Kentucky. At least one death was recorded there. 

In Defiance, Missouri at least one person was reported dead and access to the area was blocked for hours after a tornado collapsed homes, overturned trucks, and spread debris across major highways.

In Samburg, Tennessee multiple buildings were destroyed, including the local fire department, which happened the ability to respond.

Massive damage is reported at sites in Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee. At some points of the evening, the line of storms themselves was moving at over 80mph, bringing hurricane force winds even in areas where tornados did not touch down.


Gov. Beshear has declared a state of emergency in Kentucky. With the sun coming up across the region, the extent of the damage is only now really being seen.

Rand Paul, who has infamously opposed federal funds for victims of other catastrophes, has already announced his support for disaster relief in Kentucky.

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