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What to Know About the Deadly Tornado Outbreak

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.

Kentucky’s governor said Saturday morning that at least 70 had been killed in a tornado’s path of over 200 miles, and that the state’s death toll could increase to more than 100 in the coming hours.

The storms caused a wall and roof to collapse at an Amazon warehouse in Illinois, leaving workers trapped inside. The authorities confirmed people had died, but did not say how many as of Saturday morning.

Officials in Tennessee said three people were killed: two in Lake County and one in Obion County, in the western part of the state.

In Arkansas, at least one person was killed at a nursing home in Monette, and another at a Dollar General store in nearby Leachville, according to Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

The precise number of people killed and injured was not yet known, and search-and-rescue operations were continuing in several places Saturday morning.

Officials across the five-state area were still assessing the extent of the damage on Saturday morning. Local news reports and videos on social media showed crumbled buildings and downed trees across the storm’s path.

As of Saturday morning, about 140,000 homes were without power in Tennessee, 92,000 in Kentucky, 23,000 in Arkansas, nearly 16,000 in Illinois and 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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