AmericaWitnesses at the Kentucky Candle Factory said the tornado hit everything that was shaking before the building collapsed.
tornado The candle factory that swept across Mayfield, Kentucky, on December 10th, America, When the workers here work night shifts during the peak holiday season. They squatted down and sought refuge.
Autumn Kirks pulled down her goggles and pushed away a bucket of wax and perfume to make room. Kirks glanced at her boyfriend Lannis Ward, but when he looked again, he was gone.
Ward is one of many people who have disappeared and possibly died in the ruins of a factory razed to the ground by a tornado. The death toll in Kentucky may exceed 100.
Kirks and many others are waiting for news from their loved ones, and the rescue team has not found any survivors since 3 am on December 3, 2011 (15 pm Hanoi time).
“It’s worse to know nothing than knowing now. I’m trying to stay strong, it’s hard,” Kirks said, adding that when the tornado hit, she was about 10 meters away from her boyfriend in the hallway.
Kirks suddenly saw a broken wall revealing a thunderous sky, and Ward disappeared. “I remember moving my eyes away from him for a second and he left,” Kirks said.
Kyanna Parsons-Perez worked the night shift with Kirks at the candle factory. She said that “her ears were buzzing and her body was trembling” before everything fell apart.
Parsons-Perez was trapped under rubble under storm shelters, fountains, air conditioners, and 1.5-meter-long debris. Parsons-Perez decided to broadcast live on Facebook while waiting for rescue with colleagues.
“This is the only thing that calms me down, so I want to keep going. I hope you are watching,” Parsons Perez said, turning around to assure other colleagues that someone would help. “We will be fine, I promise.”
Parsons-Perez tried to summarize what happened in the factory. “The tornado hits and I am trapped,” Parsons Perez said. “I’m trying to stay calm, but I’m not good.” Parsons-Perez said that December 11th was his birthday and hoped to celebrate it.
Parsons Perez then invited people to Paducah, about 48 kilometers away, to visit her child. “But don’t tell them I’m trapped,” Parsons Perez said. “Don’t tell them what happened. None of my grandchildren have Facebook. I don’t want them to worry about me.”
Rescuers then rescued Parsons Perez under the rubble. Several other workers were injured when walls, beams or cylinders fell on them, and others were burned by chemicals used to make candles. Many victims were injured, some were shocked, and some suffered from concussions. Many people were killed in the collapse of the Mayfield factory.
Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear said that as the rescue team resumes work, more victims will be found at the plant. Beshear said that when the tornado hit, about 110 people were working in the factory.
About 40 people were rescued on the night of December 11, but the rescue team has not found any survivors since then. “It would be a miracle to find more people alive,” Bashir said.
The Amazon warehouse collapsed due to a tornado in Edwardsville, Illinois, killing at least six people, and several deaths in Missouri, Tennessee, and Arkansas. Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson said that in nursing homes destroyed by tornadoes, staff used their bodies to protect the elderly who lived here. Two people died in this nursing home.
According to the US Meteorological Administration’s Hurricane Forecast Center, there were 24 tornadoes on the evening of December 10 (morning of December 11, Hanoi time), which swept through 5 central US states, including Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri and Tennessee. . National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Ruan Jin (follow Guardian, Fox News)