Deadly Tornadoes in Six States Dozens died, and more were injured, in one of the deadliest tornado outbreaks in the United States in years. More than 50 tornadoes left a path of devastation across six states in the evening of December 10 through early morning December 11. The worst destruction occurred in Kentucky as the storms produced extensive and unprecedented death and damage through many communities. The twisters destroyed homes, factories, municipal buildings and other structures, often trapping people inside and leaving rescue workers searching for people in the wreckage. In Mayfield, Kentucky, a tornado leveled more than half of the town, including a factory with many workers inside. Tens of thousands of people across Kentucky and Tennessee were initially without power and water. Shelters were opened in Tennessee and Kentucky and people have also been sheltering with family and friends. Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear described the storm as one of the worst disasters his state has ever experienced, and President Joseph Biden visited the area to witness the devastation and commit federal assistance in the immediate response and in the recovery. Previously, he had approved federal emergency declarations for Kentucky, Tennessee and Illinois. Americares deployed an emergency response team that began their work in the heavily impacted areas in and around Mayfield, Kentucky. The organization will continue the delivery of relief supplies to the affected communities as needed. “Hundreds of people have lost homes or loved ones only two weeks before the holidays. It’s absolutely heartbreaking,” said Americares Vice President of Emergency Programs Kate Dischino. “Our hearts go out to the families affected by this devastating disaster and we stand ready to help.” Mayfield resident Jerry Crouch’s home after it took a direct hit by the December 11 tornado that destroyed more than half of downtown Mayfield, December 19, 2021. (Photo/Jeff Kennel) This page updated 4.12.22 Watch an earlier Video Report from our Emergency Team on the ground and from survivors.