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Kentucky death toll from Dec 10 tornadoes climbs to 77 -Breaking


© Reuters. FILE PHOTO – A Frosty the Snowman doll stands against a fallen utility line on Christmas morning after tornadoes decimated several U.S. States. This was taken in Dawson Springs (Kentucky), U.S.A, 25 December 2021. REUTERS/Jon Cherry

(Reuters) – Kentucky’s official death toll from a swarm tornadoes on December 10th has risen to 77. An infant killed in Graves County was the most recent victim, Governor Andy Beshear stated on Monday.

Reuters reported previously that at most 74 people died, including a dozen children in Kentucky. 14 others were killed in other states by tornadoes. The storms raked a 5-state region and included one twister, which plowed a 227 mile (365km) route of destruction through western Kentucky.

Mayfield, Kentucky in Graves County was the hardest hit and suffered most of the deaths from storms. Eight people died in the tornado that decimated their candle factory.

The federal disaster declaration includes 16 Kentucky counties, which makes residents eligible for Federal Emergency Management Agency assistance.

Officials in Kentucky said that the state parks were providing housing and food assistance for over 600 people who had been displaced from the disaster.

Industry experts estimate that insured property damage from storms can reach $5 billion.

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