Kentucky Court House damaged after tornado

  • Drone footage posted to social media showed extensive damage to a historic Kentucky courthouse.
  • Video showed the clock tower being ripped off from the top of the Graves County courthouse.
  • 50 to 100 people in Kentucky are believed to have died as a result of extreme weather conditions late at night, Governor Andy Beshear said.

A historic courthouse in downtown Mayfield, Ky. Suffered extensive damage overnight after a tornado swept through the city on Friday night, according to a video posted to social media.

Drone footage taken on Saturday morning and shared on social media by Kentucky State Senator Whitney Westerfield showed extensive damage to the Graves County courthouse in Mayfield.

The clock tower that once stood on top of the building was ripped out of the building entirely, leaving only a gaping hole in its place and scattered debris over the building and its lawn.

Much of the building behind the structure’s facade also appeared to have collapsed, the video shows, indicating significant damage to the structure built in the late 19th century.

According to Mail-Journal, the courthouse and other nearby buildings sustained significant damage in the Friday night tornado, including the nearby First United Methodist Church, whose roof was torn off by the tornado and had partially collapsed, according to the report.

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said on Saturday that deaths from extreme weather in the state would “likely” exceed 50 and the toll could reach 100. Beshear, who declared a state of emergency in the state State said on Saturday “this is going to be some of the worst tornado damage we’ve seen in a long time.”

“This will likely be the most serious tornado outbreak in the history of our state,” he added.

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