Mayfield, KY

1st Quad-State Tornado in US History Brought by Storms

Kimberly Forsythe

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Tornado damage in Mayfield, KY.CNN

On December 10, the United States experienced what could possibly be the 1st quad-state tornado. Preliminary information suggests the tornado was on the ground for more than 200 miles. It was part of a larger system that produced as many as 30 twisters. The deadly storms ripped through the states of Illinois, Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Kentucky, killing as many as 100 people. The storm caused extensive damage to several areas, with the hardest hit being the town of Mayfield, Kentucky where a large swath of the town was flattened.

The first "quad-state" tornado in the history of the United States was so powerful that it claimed the lives of at least 70 people in Mayfield, KY alone. At least 2 people died in a collapsed Amazon warehouse in Illinois, while at least 3 died in Tennessee in Obion and Lake counties. The town of Samburg, TN was "pretty much flattened," according to a Sheriff's dispatcher's statement to CNN.

The potentially record-setting twister may have shattered the old record of a twister that spanned 219 miles across Illinois, Missouri, and Indiana in 1925. More than half a million people across 8 states were without power as the storms raged on. More than 100 tornado warnings were also sent out to people in the danger zones, the most sent for a single day in December ever.

In Kentucky, state officials are mobilizing nearly 200 National Guardsmen to assist with the most heavily hit areas. They will also be sending heavy equipment to help clear debris as quickly as possible.

Gov. Pritzker thanked first responders who worked tirelessly through the night to help rescue people trapped in the Amazon warehouse collapse in Edwardsville. The NWS has been releasing reports of damage in Illinois throughout the morning. As stated on Twitter, more results are expected by this evening.

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