At Least 30 Tornadoes Were Reported Across Six States. Kentucky’s Andy Beshear Says The Devastation ‘is Unlike Anything I Have Seen In My Life.’

At Least 30 Tornadoes Were Reported Across Six States. Kentucky’s Andy Beshear Says The Devastation ‘is Unlike Anything I Have Seen In My Life.’

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2 hr 6 min agoBiden pledges federal support in aftermath of deadly stormsFrom CNN’s DJ Judd

President Joe Biden speaks about the severe weather that impacted at least five states and left widespread devastation at the Chase Center in Wilmington, Del., Saturday, Dec. 11. (Carolyn Kaster/AP Images)Earlier Saturday, President Joe Biden told reporters traveling with him in Wilmington, Delaware he’d been monitoring the situation “very closely since early this morning,” after what he called one of the “largest tornado outbreaks in our history” left at least 84 dead across six states.

Here’s a breakdown of some of the key points Biden touched on:

Federal government response

“Earlier today I called the governors of the states that have been experiencing severe impacts of the storms including Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, as well as Tennessee and also spoke with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell,” Biden said.

“I want to emphasize what I told all the governors, the federal government will do everything, everything you can possibly do to help,” said Biden. “I also approved the emergency declaration that was requested a couple of hours ago by Governor Beshear of Kentucky. That’s going to accelerate federal emergency assistance for Kentucky right now, when it’s urgently needed. And I stand ready to do the same for the governors of the other states — and I’ve made it clear to them — if they request emergency declaration,” continued Biden.

“I’ve also requested that FEMA offer additional federal resources, including help with temporary housing, where homes have been wiped out or too badly damaged to live in,” he added.

Survey the damage

Biden told reporters he does plan on traveling to the region to survey storm damage when circumstances allow, adding that he started off this morning speaking with the governor of Kentucky.

“I said I’ll be happy to come, but I don’t want to be in the way,” Biden said. “We’re not going to get in the way of the rescue and recovery, but I do plan on going,” he added.

“My heart aches for those people right now, including the rescuers, including the burden on them and what they worry about,” Biden said.Climate change

Biden acknowledged the role climate change may have played in the severity of Friday’s storms.

“All that I know is that the intensity of the weather across the board has some impacts as a consequence of the warming of the planet,” he told reporters.

He said he would be tasking the Environmental Protection Agency and other agencies to take a look at the specific impact climate change had on Friday’s deadly tornadoes.

“But the fact is that we all know everything is more intense when the climate is warming everything, and obviously it has some impact here, but I can’t give you a quantitative read on that,” Biden said.The National Guard

Biden also said he’d deploy the National Guard if the states conclude they need it.

“The National Guard has been called down to one state, but whatever is needed, it’s within the authority of the President of the United States and the federal government to provide that help, and we’re going to provide whatever is needed,” said Biden.

“I think we’ve demonstrated since we’ve been elected that every major national disaster we had been there early, often and stayed till we got it finished,” said Biden, citing federal responses to flooding in the wake of Hurricane Ida, California wildfires, and a building collapse in Surfside, Florida.2 hr 51 min agoTornado winds carried family photo more than 150 miles from Kentucky to IndianaFrom CNN’s Laura Studley

A family photo was carried more than 150 miles from Dawson Springs, Kentucky, to New Albany, Indiana, in the wake of deadly tornadoes that claimed the lives of at least 70 people in Kentucky. 

“Walked out to my car in New Albany, Indiana and found this picture stuck to the window,” New Albany resident Katie Posten wrote in a post on Facebook. At first, she thought someone left a note on her windshield, but when she got closer, she realized it was a photo. The black and white photo, dated 1942, shows a woman in a striped dress holding a young child in her lap.
“It looks like it reads ‘Gertie Swatzell and JD Swatzell, 1942,’” she said in the post.Posten told CNN she was tracking storm activity in her area and immediately thought the photo could be debris from storm damage in Kentucky. She said she couldn’t see any other debris near her home.

“No tree limbs, no shingles, nothing like that,” she said, adding that “it’s pretty remarkable.”Posten said she posted the photo on her social media accounts in hopes of finding its owners. 

It was on Facebook where Posten connected with Cole Swatzell from Dawson Springs who said the photo belonged to his family. “To think this traveled so far, this is my dad’s grandparents,” Swatzell wrote in the comments section of Posten’s Facebook post. 

Swatzell told CNN his family is trying to determine which household the photo came from, adding that his family plans to meet with Posten later in the week to retrieve the photo. 

“[Social media is] a really powerful informational tool and when it’s at its best, it’s excellent and I’m thankful that when we use it for things like this that it has the power to connect us,” Posten said. “It has the power to accomplish things that are next to impossible.”2 hr 59 min ago”It was nothing but a pile of rubble,” commissioner recounts rescue efforts at Kentucky candle factory Mayfield Consumer Products candle factory (Satellite image ©2021 Maxar Technologies)Graves county commissioner Todd Hayden told CNN’s Pamela Brown the harrowing scenes at the candle factory in Mayfield, Kentucky when he arrived to help search for survivors on Friday night.

The Mayfield Consumer Products candle factory — one of the most devastated sites in the tornado outbreak — collapsed when a tornado tore through it at around 9.30 p.m.

About 110 people were working inside at the time and dozens are feared dead.

“You can’t believe your eyes how bad it has. When i pulled up, it was pitch dark. There’s no electricity,” Hayden said on CNN New

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