What to Know About the Deadly Tornado Outbreak

Dozens of people were killed across several states on Friday night.,


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What to know about the deadly tornado outbreak.

First responders at an Amazon Distribution Center damaged by a tornado on Friday in Edwardsville, Ill.Credit…Michael Thomas/Getty Images

By The New York Times

Dec. 11, 2021, 6:28 a.m. ET

What happened?

A tornado outbreak tore through several states on Friday night. At least five were struck, including Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri and Tennessee.

The tornadoes were part of a weather system that was wreaking havoc in many parts of the country, causing substantial snowfall across parts of the upper Midwest and western Great Lakes.

Dozens of people were killed.

Kentucky’s governor said that at least 50 had been killed in a tornado’s path of over 200 miles, and that the state’s death toll was likely to increase to more than 70 in the coming hours.

In Arkansas, officials said that at least one person at a nursing home was killed.

The storms caused a roof to collapse at an Amazon warehouse in Illinois, leaving workers trapped inside. The authorities confirmed people had died, but offered no more detail early Saturday.

What’s the damage like?

As of Saturday morning, more than 132,000 homes were without power in Tennessee, nearly 60,000 in Kentucky, more than 25,000 in Arkansas, nearly 24,000 in Illinois and nearly 10,000 in Missouri, according to reports compiled by PowerOutage.us.

The storms also caused a freight train to derail, although no injuries were reported.

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