By Guy Chapman – Navarro County Gazette
A devastating series of tornadoes swept through six states late Friday evening, spanning more than 200 miles from Arkansas to Kentucky. Among the areas hit the hardest from the storm is the 10,000 resident town of Mayfield, Kentucky, with a reported listing of 70 casualties.
According to Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear, the loss assessment could exceed over 100 victims, across 10 or more counties.
Beshear declared a state of emergency Saturday morning as rescue crews sorted through debris and rubble for survivors.
Property damage for the area included the destruction of the Mayfield Consumer Products Candle Factory, a nursing home, an Amazon warehouse, and a CSX train was derailed between Earlington and Mortons Gap, KY.
For those interested in helping out victims without homes, power, and food, there are numerous resources available to donate toward disaster relief:
- Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund
- The Red Cross
- Salvation Army Disaster Relief
- His House Ministries of Mayfield, Kentucky
- Kentucky Baptist Disaster Relief
- United Way of Kentucky
Item/Supply Donations (Batteries, gas, water, blankets, etc.)
- Water drive at KFC Yum! Center (Sunday, Dec. 12)
- The Johnson Bar
- St. Jerome’s Catholic Church
- Calvert City Civic Center
- Stepstone Family and Youth Services
- The Humane Society Animal Rescue & Response Team
- Kentucky Humane Society
- Mayfield-Graves County Animal Shelter
- Bowling Green/Warren County Humane Society
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