Kentucky tornadoes death toll likely to pass 100

The death toll from powerful tornadoes that devastated towns in Kentucky is likely to pass 100, the governor says, as hope of finding survivors wanes.

Andy Beshear said this was the most devastating tornado event in the state's history, with at least 80 confirmed deaths.

"Nothing that was standing in the direct line of [one] tornado is still standing," he said.

Fourteen deaths have been reported in four other states.

Rescuers are desperately searching for survivors today after dozens of devastating tornadoes tore through six US states, leaving a reported 94 people dead, dozens missing, and towns in ruin.

Kentucky and in particular the town of Mayfield appears to have borne the brunt of the twisters.

The confirmed death toll in Kentucky is currently at 94, higher than any tornado in the state’s history. As recovery efforts continue, the number is expected to rise.

Governor Andy Beshear said Sunday that the state’s toll could exceed 100. “We are praying that maybe the original estimates of those we have lost were wrong. If so, it’s going to be pretty wonderful,"

A candle factory where 110 workers were on overnight shifts to meet Christmas demand was flattened by the storm. Beshear said “it’ll be a miracle if anybody else is found alive in it.

The candle company confirmed Sunday that eight people were confirmed dead and another eight remained missing. More than 90 others had been located.

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