Multiple tornadoes tore through midwestern states this weekend causing at least 70 deaths and destroying homes and other structures.
While tornadoes are not uncommon, this disaster was different based on the number of twisters and the amount of destruction.
It’s going to take a long time to rebuild after this.
NBC News reports:
‘Quad-State Tornado’ crossed four states in four hours, a rare December tornado
One of the deadly tornadoes that erupted under the cloak of darkness overnight Friday into the early hours of Saturday, leaving at least 70 dead, may have set the record for the longest continuous tornado in American history.
The devastating outbreak, which included more than 30 tornado reports across six states stretching across the Mississippi Valley, Southeast and Midwest, is also an extremely rare event this late into the year.
One tornado, being called the “Quad-State Tornado” ripped across four states in four hours (Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee and Kentucky), slamming communities such as Monette, Arkansas, and Mayfield, Kentucky, which were two of the hardest hit towns.
There were at least eight tornado emergencies issued, a designation which is reserved for the most life-threatening tornado events when a confirmed large and dangerous tornado is headed toward people.
The tornado that devastated the town of Mayfield was produced by a parent thunderstorm that traveled more than 230 miles across four states over the course of four hours.
Take a look at the videos below:
Some of the worst destruction from the Kentucky tornado was centered in Mayfield, a town of nearly 10,000 people. At least 110 people were huddled inside a candle factory in the area when a tornado ripped through. https://t.co/1VRJZXLBWw pic.twitter.com/Mh3i3oEzZa
— The New York Times (@nytimes) December 11, 2021
The most intense damage I have found in #Mayfield. The entire path in the town is less than 2% of the total path length. Homes with only slabs remaining. #Tornado #wxtwitter pic.twitter.com/nXxoxNBVhY
— WxChasing- Brandon Clement (@bclemms) December 11, 2021
Video of the tornado that hit the Amazon facility near Edwardsville, IL tonight… from Danielle Henke pic.twitter.com/5CNbJ03VzI
— James Spann (@spann) December 11, 2021
WOW! Twin Tornadoes tonight in Bay Arkansas southeast of Jonesboro, AR!🌪
— Live Storm Chasers (@LiveStormChaser) December 11, 2021
A devastating, yet incredible, view from a drone in Bowling Green, Kentucky showing the path of destruction from a tornado. Video comes from @WHAS11 our @TEGNA affiliate in Louisville @wusa9 pic.twitter.com/eh7vDqB8P4
— Tom Hunsicker (@TomSportsWUSA9) December 11, 2021
— FOX2now (@FOX2now) December 11, 2021
Pray for the victims of this horrible disaster.