‘It Was Nothing But A Pile Of Rubble’: Commissioner Recounts Rescue Efforts At Kentucky Candle Factory

‘It Was Nothing But A Pile Of Rubble’: Commissioner Recounts Rescue Efforts At Kentucky Candle Factory

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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 Newsroom.
“When you first walked up on it, it was nothing but a pile of rubble. You wondered how anybody could still be alive in there.”First responders rushed to the site from the counties all around. They set up lights, and people trapped inside the debris began calling for help and telling rescuers their location, Hayden said.

Many rescuers climbed inside to find survivors, while Hayden and others stayed on the outside to help people climb out of the rubble. Saws and cutting tools were sent in to cut wires and bars.

“Seeing people come out of that pile of rubble alive was amazing. You wondered how — where they had been, and how — they just emerged all of a sudden out of somewhere, out of a hole,” Hayden said.
“We probably rescued 10 to 20 people that came out of there. Some of them have broken ankles, one had a back injury. A lot of them were walking out kind of stunned or just in shock,” he said. Some came out crying, going straight to their families waiting anxiously outside and falling into their arms. One lady was dancing, happy to be out of there, Hayden said.

“How they came out of that alive was unbelievable. It warmed your heart, but at the same time, it was total decimation.”Rescue and support efforts continued into Saturday. Hayden helped set up a shelter down the road in town, and people brought in water, food, toiletries and other supplies. “We have piles of piles of it now,” he said.

3 hr 56 min agoJeff Bezos says Amazon committed to supporting EdwardsvilleAmazon truck cabs are seen outside a damaged Amazon Distribution Center on December 11, in Edwardsville, Illinois. (Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images)Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has offered condolences to the community of Edwardsville in Illinois after at least six people died at one of the company’s warehouses.

As CNN previously reported, a tornado Friday dealt major structural damage to the building, causing its 11-inch-thick concrete walls to collapse inward.

 “The news from Edwardsville is tragic. We’re heartbroken over the loss of our teammates there, and our thoughts and prayers are with their families and loved ones,” Bezos tweeted late Saturday evening.
“All of Edwardsville should know that the Amazon team is committed to supporting them and will be by their side through this crisis. We extend our fullest gratitude to all the incredible first responders who have worked so tirelessly at the site,” he posted.CNN continues to reach out to Amazon with additional questions on protocol, timeline and extreme weather training.

4 hr 3 min agoState emergency response assets deployed to Western New York as region braces for high winds and rainsFrom CNN’s Artemis Moshtaghian and Chad Myers

New York Governor Kathy Hochul has deployed emergency response assets to key counties in Western New York as the region braces for a strong weather front, which is expected to bring high winds and rains through Saturday night. 

A high wind warning is currently in effect for all of Western New York and the Adirondacks, with winds gusting from 50-70 mph, according to reporting from CNN Weather. 

The region is seeing increasing power outages, with 174,779 customers currently without power. 

Winds are expected to drop to the 30-40 mph range overnight, but they can still cause tree limbs to snap and bring down power lines.

The warnings expire Sunday morning and winds are expected to subside by early Sunday afternoon.

“Western New York, the Finger Lakes and North County regions should be prepared for extreme weather moving across the state later today, including strong winds and damaging floods,” Governor Hochul said in a press release Saturday. High wind warnings have been issued for Allegany, Cattaraugus, Cayuga, Chautauqua, Clinton, Erie, Franklin, Genesee, Jefferson, Lewis, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Ontario, Orleans, Oswego, St. Lawrence, Wayne and Wyoming Counties.

4 hr 11 min agoBiden spoke again with Kentucky Governor Andy BeshearFrom CNN’s DJ Judd

President Joe Biden spoke again Saturday evening with Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear “to get an update on the latest damage assessments and search and rescue efforts.”

The White House said Biden “reaffirmed the Federal government’s support for the people of Kentucky throughout the difficult time ahead.”

Kentucky is the hardest hit of the six storm damaged states, with at least 70 people feared dead. Earlier this evening, Gov. Beshear told reporters the death toll could “exceed 100” as rescue and recovery efforts continue.

5 hr 10 min agoAmazon warehouse walls were made out of 11-inch-thick concrete and collapsed inward into the building From CNN’s Carma Hassan

Workers use equipment to remove a section of roof left on a heavily damaged Amazon fulfillment center

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