In Dawson Springs, many tornado survivors are left with just the clothes on their backs – WPSD Local 6

In Dawson Springs, many tornado survivors are left with just the clothes on their backs – WPSD Local 6



“Right now, our spirits are crushed, but we’ll come back,” said Hopkins County Coroner Dennis Mayfield, who reported a death toll of 13 in Dawson Springs alone.




(CNN) — The destruction was instantaneous as many homes and businesses were tossed in the air in last weekend’s tornado outbreak across eight states — but those who survived, many of whom are left with only the clothes on their backs, now face a daunting path toward recovery.

About 75% of Dawson Springs was wiped out by the tornado, Mayor Chris Smiley said.

“Right now, our spirits are crushed, but we’ll come back,” said Hopkins County Coroner Dennis Mayfield, who reported a death toll of 13 in Dawson Springs alone.

About a third of the town’s population of 2,500 lives below the poverty line and many don’t have insurance.

Those whose homes are still standing probably won’t have power for up to a month, said Nick Bailey, the county’s emergency management director.

Overall, at least 88 people were killed in the violent storms that rolled through the parts of the Midwest and South late Friday into Saturday, including at least 74 in Kentucky, according to Gov. Andy Beshear. An estimated 50 tornado reports were made across eight states.

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“When this tornado hit, it didn’t just take a roof off, which is what we’ve seen in the past,” Beshear said. “It exploded the whole house. People, animals, the rest — just gone.”

Of the 74 killed in Kentucky, 12 were children, Beshear said. More than 100 people still were unaccounted for as of Tuesday morning, he said.

Beshear said 568 National Guardsmen are helping with post-tornado efforts in the state.

The Red Cross has opened shelters for those who lost their homes and several state parks were opened to help house families.

The Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund is raising funds to help with recovery. As of Tuesday, more than $9.89 million has been donated, Beshear said.



About 75% Dawson Springs in western Kentucky, was wiped out by the tornado, Mayor Chris Smiley said.


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