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85 Killed After Dozens of Tornadoes Strike South, Midwest - Rescuers Search for Signs of Life

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At least 85 people are dead and dozens more are still missing after violent tornadoes ripped through the South and Midwest this weekend. 

Late Friday night and into Saturday morning, a fury of tornadoes broke out across eight states. Rescue teams are now racing against the clock to find any signs of life trapped beneath the rubble. 

The National Weather Service received reports of more than three dozen tornadoes that traveled along a 250-mile path from Mississippi to Illinois. 

One supercell tornado stayed on the ground for nearly 230 straight miles, possibly the longest in U.S. history.  

Early estimates are still being tallied, and it may be weeks before we have a definitive death toll. Reports say the youngest victim killed was a five-month-old baby. 

As of Monday, at least 74 people were reported dead in Kentucky alone, while another 109 are still unaccounted for. 

At least 15 people were killed in Bowling Green and six died at an Amazon distribution warehouse near Edwardsville, Illinois. 

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Officials expect the death toll to change in the coming days. 

President Biden has approved disaster declarations for both Kentucky and Illinois. He plans to survey the damage in Kentucky on Wednesday. 

CBN's Operation Blessing is on its way to help the victims of the disaster in Kentucky. 

The Hunger Strike Force is delivering a truckload of water, food, snacks, trash bags, and other disaster relief supplies to the town of Mayfield today. 

CBN's U.S. Disaster Relief Team is also sending Home Depot disaster relief kits to our warehouse in Bristol, Tenn., for further distribution. 

To donate to Operation Blessing's tornado relief efforts in the Midwest, visit

Please pray for those affected by the storms as relief efforts are ongoing.

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Brody Carter has been reporting and anchoring at CBN since 2021. In his time at CBN, he has found his stride in national news, including political and foreign affairs, extreme weather, and in-depth faith-based reporting. Brody frequently covers news for The 700 Club, Faith Nation, Newswatch, and Christian World News. Brody is passionate about news and displays standout dedication and work ethic in the field. Since starting at CBN, Brody has not only grown as a journalist but also as a person of faith thanks to close family, friends, co-workers, and the church body in Virginia Beach. He