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Dozens feared dead in Kentucky as tornadoes hit US states

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(Al Jazeera) – Kentucky governor says up to 100 people could be dead in the state as casualties also reported from other states.

A series of tornadoes have ripped through Kentucky and several other US states overnight on Friday into Saturday, killing dozens of people and leaving a trail of destruction in their path.

Many people were trapped after a roof partially collapsed at an Amazon.com Inc warehouse in Illinois state on Friday, local authorities said.

“I fear that there are more than 50 dead … probably closer to somewhere between 70 and 100, it’s devastating,” Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear said on Saturday.

Beshear, who declared a state of emergency, said the strongest tornado tore 200 miles (322km) through the state, calling it the “most severe” in “Kentucky’s history”.

Multiple tornadoes tore through parts of the lower Midwest late on Friday night leaving dozens dead [Brett Carlsen /Getty Images via AFP]
At least four tornadoes touched down overnight across Kentucky, causing significant damage in more than a dozen counties. The primary tornado travelled more than 227 miles (365 km) across the state.
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