Deadly Tennessee, Kentucky tornadoes leave more than 200,000 without power

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More than 200,000 customers remain without power in Tennessee and Kentucky on Saturday morning after deadly tornadoes tore through the region overnight. 

137,599 outages were reported in Tennessee and 71,982 customers experienced outages in Kentucky, according to PowerOutage.US. 

“My prayers are with the people of Edwardsville tonight, and I’ve reached out to the mayor to provide any needed state resources,” Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker said in a Twitter statement. “Our @ILStatePolice and @ReadyIllinois are both coordinating closely with local officials and I will continue to monitor the situation.” 

Beshear, who declared a state of emergency, noted that a single tornado had ripped across the Bluegrass State in a sustained way for more than 200 miles and at least four different tornadoes had struck Friday evening.

Additionally, a tornado at the Arkansas Monette Manor nursing home killed one person and trapped 20 others inside as the structure collapsed and one person died and two others were injured in building collapses near the towns of Defiance and New Melle in Missouri.

Tennessee Emergency Management Agency spokesman Dean Flener said that three storm-related deaths had been confirmed in the state. 

By 6:50 a.m. CST, the National Weather Service (NWS) in Memphis said the severe threat for its forecast area has “officially diminished,” with remaining activity on radar all “sub-severe.”

Tornado and severe thunderstorm warnings were still being posted by NWS Louisville on Saturday morning.

 Fox News’ Dom Calicchio, Brie Stimson and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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