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been through. unbelievable. in the middle of the devastation, a little sign of hope as a christmas tree is still standing. look at that. these poor people. this is bowling green, kentucky. that is "the story" for today. monday, december 13, 2021. see you back here tomorrow. "your world" is up next. have a good evening, everybody. >> neil: all right. thanks. we're awaiting developments that are happening fast and furious right now particular in kentucky. you heard 65 people have been killed in that state alone. 79 in total across half a dozen states. a swath of devastation unprecedented in the worst december for tornadoes in history, ever. we'll be analyzing that. we're supposed to get an update from governor beshear that will
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be addressing reporters later this hour as well as fema giving up an update where things stand and the emergency aid that the president has promised for all, half dozen states, affected by this. they include kentucky, arkansas, tennessee, illinois, missouri. we heard of damage in ohio and mississippi and indiana as well. let's go right now to governor beshear of kentucky with the very latest. >> wrecked, destroyed. so many of our communities. the newest estimates of deaths from coming from emergency management that may differ from the coroner, there's one of these that we're checking on, we're now up to 74 kentuckians that we have lost.
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one additional one in graves. four additional in hopkins, this is one we're checking right now. i have 14. emergency management came back with 17. 14 i hope. three in warren county and one here in franklin county where an individual actually coming to work at this very complex that we're broadcasting from was pushed off of the road in the storm and lost his life. tried to reach out for his spouse that works for us in state government. we're sorry for their loss. we expect this death toll will continue to grow. 109 kentuckians now unaccounted for. as i look at this broken down by
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county, it's way more. way more people unaccounted for than this. 81 of these are in hopkins county alone, 22 in warren. five in graves. can't be right. there's more people than that that we have to identify and find hopefully safe in graves county. again, because -- we have multiple of our towns in rubble. the numbers are move a little bit. we're going to do the best we can to get you the most accurate information that we can. yesterday we received that major declaration from the federal government, the fastest in our history. we're grateful. we have asked for additional counties to be added both for public assistance, these are roads and government buildings
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and public infrastructure. the public assistance program as well as individual assistance. people that lost their homes. the extra counties that we have asked for on public assistance include boil breckenridge, bullet, casey, christian, edmondson, grayson, green, harden, hart, hickman, livingston, logan, lion, marion, monroe, ohio, shelby, spencer and todd. those are the same counties that we've asked for the individual assistance as well. that is how widespread the damage from this event is in what i think will be an f 4 or f-5 tornado touches down. our national guard, we have
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augmented our forces that are assisting with recovery. now 448 guardsmen in the field. of thoels, 95 -- of those, 95 are doing a fatality search looking for missing kentuckians. their search is one that we hope they don't find them. why hope somebody connects to them. maybe we don't know where they are or don't have cell service. 55 guardsmen are providing logistics support. three national guard chaplains are providing spiritual help to soldiers in the affected communities. the new requests are for mps, needed help on the law enforcement side and then on the engineering side as well.
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fema is working with all of us, every level of government in the declared counties. two fema teams have been working with us since saturday. they're also sending disaster experts to work with our teams in the field where we're hit the hardest. four urban search and rescue teams including k-9 search teams, cadaver dogs that we never thought we would need. they're in mayfield. additional ten-person team is relocating from frankfurt to mayfield. a base was established at fort campbell to disburse personnel and supplies. they include cots, food.
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temporary power and critical public facility staff are helping as well. mobile emergency response staff are in kentucky includes two mobile emergency operation vehicles with the emergency communication capabilities. staging teams, housing inspectors, damage assessment and volunteer liaison staff are staged and ready to deploy. that means soon. they'll be working around in what were neighborhoods. talking with families, recording the damage and working on processing the claims. i'm giving them a claim number. this is the fastest we've ever seen. >> salvation army is providing meals and support. i want to talk about staying safe while you're cleaning up. as you begin cleaning up, take photos and make a list of your damaged property. this is important for claiming public assistance.
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you need to document everything that you can. survivors that cannot stay in their homes, we're taking in to state parks. i will give the update on that. do not touch power lines. these are all things that people know. stay safe while you're cleaning up. couple of additional points. for outside donations for things like food, supplies, et cetera, if you're doing that for grace county, the contact is grace county emergency management, 270-727-5114. volunteer signup, to we have the website? there you go. this is from the grace county emergency management. please, if you want to volunteer, go through here. one of the challenges and a wonderful challenge for us to
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have, so many people want to help. it's overwhelming many of our first responders that need to be out doing other things. this will help. please be patient. a lot of people that want to help. paducah police department has volunteered to accept food and supplies as well to help out, grace county. the number is 270-444-8590. physical address, 1400 broadway, paducah, kentucky. 42003. okay. this is really important. again, we're working on verifying the information from the candle factory. right now it would only have eight confirmed dead. we have to make sure it's accurate. so all of the employees from the mayfield consumer products candle factory, we need them to go and check in at his house ministry's church at 1250, ky
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303 right there in mayfield. we want to see, make sure you're okay. verify that information. i believe the phone number we have now, which was wrong earlier and we're doing the best we can on short notice, is 888-880-8620 if your transportation is unavailable. so if you are an employee of that facility, either go to his house ministries at 1250 ky 303 there in mayfield or call 888-880-8620. that number is solely for these folks. don't call trying to find out information on it. we need to know these people are alive and safe. kentucky state police continues doing hundreds of welfare checks along with local law
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enforcement. working with the chief medical officer to assist with victim identification. update from our cabinet of health and family service was. grace county senior center and the community action building has been damaged so extensively, no way to prepare meals for seniors. that's how mean this weather event was. but also shows how incredible our people are. so we sounded the afarm and within 20 minutes over 2,300 shelf stable meals were committed. they're being transported from senior center to graves county by way of community action staff. further work is under way the secure additional meals. in the midst of the pandemic, we were able to eliminate our waiting list. every senior that was hungry we were getting a meal to. now this comes through and
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destroys the place that you prepare them. others have stepped up, helping us to provide that service. kentucky state parks, we're offering minimum two week stays to those that don't have a place to call their own at the moment. i want to provide room availability as of 1:00 p.m. today. kentucky dam village, still 30 rooms available. kent lake state resort park, 58 rooms available. we have hook up out lets that can be used and we'll accept donations to help peel out and the park will accept donations to help the people that they're helping out. the first lady in a little bit will have some good news at our state parks where we're going to try to lift up people. lake barkley, we're awaiting electricity to be restored.
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we'll have 56 additional rooms. even with the light not going, the park hosted a blood drive today. barren river has 30 rooms available. john james has one cottage available. the rough river dam state resort park, 47 rooms available. again, families in need of emergency housing should contact their local emergency management office to request lodging. hey, if you show up there and you need help, they will help you call your local emergency management folks from the park. volunteers are needed at ken lake, rough river dam and lake barclay state parks. it says walk-ins are not accepted. if somebody walks, in call emergency management with them
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and work through it. do not turn anybody away at any of our state parks. let's work to confirm that they need our help. make sure that they're in a warm place and they're fed well. we're not going to not accept people that need help. many of our agriculture operations reside in western kentucky and were impacted by the storms that devastated the area. we're already working with many of them that had livestock. major operations. helping to remove carcasses and ultimately provide the support necessary. to that, i created an agriculture working group. they'll work with us. we've opinion in constant communication with the people in the working group the past 48 hours and remain dedicated to
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addressing the needs of the farmers in that area. with that i'm going to turn it over to michael dossett for his update. then we're going to get uplifted by the first lady. make sure our kids don't miss out on their christmas. >> thank you, governor. again, our hearts and prayer goes out to the families of the loved ones lost and those still missing. so just a brief update. our power picture improved a bit. we have at this point 26,500. they're still out of power. again, managing expectations. some of the large transmission towers, the ones that you saw during the ice storm of 2009, these are the massive metal
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structures have buckled. that will take weeks to months to put back up but that shouldn't impact large numbers. while go over counties with excess of over 500 with outage. graves, callaway, marshall, equal. 14,000. hopkins, 6,500. christian, 2,000. hickman, 1,200. fulton 900. todd 700. carlisle about 700. caldwell about the same. 700. so we're moving forward very quickly. you've seen if you're in the impact area, you've seen many contractors that are over target assisting in the power of restoration. if you don't have power, life is not good and we're doing everything we can. we have approximately 95% of those lines assessed across the state. 29 transmission lines are down. those are the large ones.
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we have no decrease in numbers for telephone polls and power poles that are down. 8,000. three of the large co-ops across the state. so expect a delay in putting the new poles in. that is a very intense labor and then they have to string the wires. update on water and sewer systems out of the impact area. most all of the systems are operating and that includes 16 to the system. one in south hopkins and one in morton's gap are about to come back online. we have provided a generator for that power -- to powerer that water system. so that should be fine. james, if you could bring up the one slide, please. this is a slide that depicts the actual number of tornadoes.
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we now have five tornadoes identified. confirmed is red. unconfirmed is blue. the dots happened outside of our state. so the longest track we're up to an estimated 227 miles. that would be one of the longest in u.s. history. if not the longest. you can see the track of that. if you reflect on the counties that the governor read off that were added, we included each and every county that these five tornadoes impacted. a lot of the damage is radar indicated. so when we see radar debris fields, we know that something was hit. it could be only a barn or an out building or commissioner building or homes. could be a smart part of our subdivision. we included all county. we asked for and received a presidential declaration. this is not just fema leaning
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forward. this is the fastest in our history and normally doesn't occur in other states. thank you to the president all the way down to our regional administrator. they paved the way waiting for the governor's declaration to go up there. it was signed quickly we added on 20 additional counties. again, i want to manage expectation. the fact that those 20 were sent up to fema does not mean we're going to be granted 20. i will tell you in conversations they're going to assess groups of counties. they can't just turn on approval for 20 counties. it's a process. we'll keep you updated. the five tornadoeds are confirmed by radar. the ones unconfirmed, the weather service has not finished their survey. i'm in belief of this construct, this will be one of the large ones.
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an ef 3 is bad. with this type of damage, we basically -- again, you heard it said many, many times. i've been on site. thank you to all of the first responders. many of them out there doing the job when the wind was still blowing and debris was flying. the long and the short of it is, we don't really know by any stretch of the imagination of all the infrastructure damage yet. that is yesterday to be determined. that's just a brief update at the end of the day. >> news i wanted to be wrong, i was parentally right. we just confirmed that hopkins county, 17 deaths is accurate. that's one miracle that we did
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not get. 74 lost kentuckians as of now. that number will grow. brittany, we can use good news. >> this weekend, like everyone across our commonwealth, devastated to see the destruction in our western communities. these tornadoes would have marked one of the most awful days in our state's history, no matter when they struck. it's even more painful that this tragedy happened just a few weeks before christmas. especially during this time of year, we look forward to being home for the holidays spending time with those that mean most of us. many of us don't have homes to go to or even worse, they have lost someone that they love who
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made their family whole. as a mom, wife, daughter and frien -- >> as a mom, wife, daughter and friend, britainy can only feel the pain and wants you to know how you can help make this season a little easier for those that are hurting. we, our humbled by the first responders that sprung into action to delivered emergency supplies and shelter to their neighbors in need. we have announced a team, western kentucky tornado relief fund and encouraged you to contribute. you can donate at
1:23 pm this will help those that last anything in the storm. we're proud to announce that we have 44,358 donations, well over $6 million. the relief fund will help families affected by the tornadoes address their most urgent needs, no administrative fees. all of it goes to those families. want me to keep going? >> i'll try. on top of that with christmas around the corner, we want to help western kentucky parents and guardians despite this devastation make the holidays special for their kids. that's why we're launching the western kentucky christmas toy drive to people across the state to come together to make this christmas special for as many babies, kids and teens as
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possible that need our support more than ever. here's how it works. starting tomorrow morning, december 14 through saturday, december 18, you can drop off new, unwrapped toys, games, books or technology in the original packaging to a number of locations across the state. you can also donate $25 visa, mastercard gift cards. we're asking for $25 cards, so it will be easier to give a consistent amount to families in need. we encourage you to buy multiple cards if you're able. these gift cards also give people the opportunity to shop locally when people and support more businesses that were also hurt by the storm. there will be 13 regional kentucky state police posts collecting donations as well as local police stations and independents in lexington, louisville and paducah.
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we'll also be collecting donations and be the hub for anyone that wishes to mail a donation from anywhere in the state. in covington, the kentucky government center will be accepting donations. finally, we'll announce a few additional locations in lexington today. go to for addresses and hours as well as mailing addresses. if your school, neighborhood, workplace or another community group is hosting their own toy drive or wants to start one, that's great news. once you have collected toys, we'll help you get them on the locations by our website this saturday to we can handle transportation to western kentucky. a couple of things to remember. please, do not wrap the gifts. we know to know what they are as we sort and organize them. you can donate wrapping paper
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and tags which we will distribute to parents and guardians. we're not accepting closing donations as part of in toy drive but encourage you to seek out other organizations that are having those drives if you're interested. we will be collecting them tomorrow through saturday the 18th. we will share information later this week about where eligible kentucky -- eligible western kentucky families can pick up gifts. we anticipate times will be this weekend and next week ahead of christmas eve. last but certainly not least, i want to thank our number 1 partner in this effort who i know can't wait to visit kentucky soon, santa claus. just like when we collected 2.4 million masks for coverings for kids, i know our people will come together to make western kentucky an incredible success. as kentuckians, we come together when times are tough.
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we look out for each other. no matter challenge, we will get through it together. merry christmas, kentucky. make it special for these kids and families that have been through so much and so them that we'll be with them every step of the way. >> all right. if dealing with all of this -- thank you. if dealing with this is not enough, why have a pandemic that is continuing. it continuing to take lives of kentuckians. as an update, every monday, we start with saturday, sunday and monday's numbers and goo through some of the rest. 2,308 new cases on saturday. with 55 new deaths -- >> neil: we're continuing to monitor this. kentucky governor andy beshear
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and his wife playing a role in the recovery and help kids effort here. the governor though sharing some rather tragic news here that the count of those killed as a result of these storms has now increased to 74 dead. we also know of at least 109 unaccounted for in the state of kentucky alone. the governor fears that that could be significantly higher when the final numbers are in, that they don't just add up county by county. it could be higher than that. all of this at a time when we learn from a number of states in the area here that the body count and those still missing has risen considerably over the past 24 hours. we're going to go to mike tobin in mayfield, kentucky. the president of the united states is planning to visit the area wednesday. mike is there right now. mike? >> neil, what i can tell you, what you have here in mayfield is the sounds of heavy equipment
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working. behind me you have the big hydraulic shovel. he's getting pile after pile of debris. before we're done, we'll see another dump truck pull up here. he fills up the truck in minutes and they run off to a couple of different dumps that they have set up on the outskirts of up tos. they had to come up with something to handle this debris. you look at the debris. this is an aztec grocery store. notice the flooring is on the ground. you'll see a lot of twisted steel. that shows you the power of the storm. you're not talking about mobile homes. across the street here, we can see the first christian church. what you notice here is the brick structure, reinforced by steel and wood. that was destroyed by the force of the tornadoeses that came up here. up the road, looking at the pile of bricks. there's a search and rescue dog
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from the first task force out of missouri. notice i said search and rescue dog. they're still operating with the idea that this is a rescue operation in all of this debris. despite the fact that the nights have been cold with this unique tornado that hit as winter is bearing down, you have very cold nights here. there's the potential according to the rescuers that you could have void spaces and people surviving in those different void spaces. business owners. despite losing the structures, one promised to me that he would rebuild despite the fact with the pandemic, with the decrease in business he had to cut back on his insurance payment. he says he will rebuild. listen to him. >> around town here, there's houses. looks like they were blown up. i mean, you don't -- if you don't know that that was his lot, you wouldn't know it.
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>> as we show you drone video, you get a picture for how the destruction goes on further than the eye can see with this unique tornado. the governor says the death toll is 74 with 108 or so missing. one of the things that we saw with the candle factory, people are not just missing as they're out of town. cell towers and land lines are down. people worry about their immediate problems as opposed to getting in touch with others. so hopefully the amount of people missing, hopefully they're unaccounted for. one of the things i have to tell you, i covered a lot of tornadoes, i covered an f-5 in joplin that parked itself for a long time. i've never seen anything like this one. generally a tornado will bounce along. you can see the beginning and the end of the destruction. here we had one that went to the
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southwest of here and got a foot hold on the ground and drove to-227 miles cutting a path of destruction. that doesn't happen very often. neil, back to you. >> it does not. mike tobin, thanks very much. the president plans to visit the area wednesday. for that side of the story, peter doocy at the white house with more. peter? >> two days president biden will go to kentucky to see the physical toll these tornadoes have taken. but he said a little while ago, it's not the physical toll that is his only concern. >> i'm worried quite frankly about -- how can i say it? the mental health of these people. you lost your husband, wife, mother, father, children. what do you do? where do you go? >> president biden gave rare marks from his home in delaware.
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today in the oval office in officials. the president cannot say for sure that it was a result of climate change. officials in charge of the messaging see climate change as the common denominator in many of the events the president has responded to since taking office. >> it is not a political thing. look at the communities that have been impacted. red, blue, purple, no color at all. communities that don't consider themselves political in any way, shape or form, this is certainly a driving reason why we need to do more to address the crisis. >> during his first week in office, the president directed every cabinet agency to consider climate change in everything that they do and now officials here are balancing talking about climate change while trying to figure out how to help these families that lost everything. neil? >> thanks very much for that.
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to the kentucky republican congressman. thanks for taking the time. i know these have been crazy 48 to 72 hours. how do things look in your district? >> they look rough, neil. it's devastation like i have never seen before. we always have tornadoes go through kentucky. they usually go through western kentucky. the difference is, they go through the farm land and woodlands and usually are very narrow. you'll see an instance where one side of the road was hit and the other side was not. but in this situation, the tornado was three miles wide. unfortunately, the path happened to hit about six pretty good towns, mayfield being the biggest, along its path. it knocked out substantial numbers of residences, over 1,200 homes have been completely
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destroyed. no telling how many are uninhabitable right now. it's devastation like you can't imagine. >> did the folks there in your district have much warn something we get conflicting reports. what can you tell us? >> the people that were watching tv, the local tv station in paducah, they cut off programming and doing a tremendous job warning people. if you had broad band or internet and you were able to see the warnings on the internet. if you live in the city limit and had decent hearing, you could hear the sirens going off. in rural mark, we don't have broad band in very many places, especially what they call the last mile. the last mile in rural kentucky is many, many miles. so there was no broad band. there's poor cell service. even before the tornado. most hoff west kentucky was not
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covered by any cell service. so there are -- these are reasons why we have to focus on rural broad band. always been a top priority for me. in situations like this, we've had virtual learning where they couldn't go to school. now people in the city that were lucky enough to have a warning. the ones that lived in the country where you didn't have cell service and internet, they probably didn't get any warning. >> neil: incredible. my deepest sympathies to your fine folks that are bravely trying to go on their with their lives. congressman james comer from kentucky. with us now a woman that survived that candle factory disaster that claims at least eight lives. i think there's disputed reports that it's up to nine right now. autumn kirks joins us. how are you holding up, autumn?
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>> as best as i can after losing somebody. >> yeah, you lost your boyfriend in this. can you explain? >> well, he's about ten feet from me when we started. i don't know where he sended up. i don't know where they found him. nobody has given us that information. we were right there in the same hallway at the same time taking cover with everybody else from the plant. >> neil: my goodness. a wall fell could you you. explain what happened. >> i don't know how the wall fell on him other than a tornado. we had a guy play superman. i don't know who he was. i wish i did so i could thank him. he lifted the concrete wall.
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lifted it often of me and three of my girls to help us get out. we got to safety because of him. i feel like i would probably still be understood that wall. >> neil: how was it that when this went down, autumn, and it's tough to do back and remember this, seems so fast. everyone that you talk to say it seemed to happen in seconds. >> it did. they said take cover. about that time, everything got really quiet. then it was like the building was picked up and thrown back down on top of us. >> neil: what are you told at the time? >> in a matter of -- we were told there was a tornado warning. we heard the sirens. they told everybody to get our teams and get our people and get to the evacuation hallway.
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take cover as best we can. >> neil: how many were able to escape from what you could remember? >> from what i can remember, i know -- i can think of 30 people that's seen since then that are in good shape. i know my boyfriend and our supervisor's wife, they both passed away due to the destruction. i know there's so many more that are lucky to be with us, but i personally have seen 20 or 30 of them. 12 of them and held them dearly. we're a family at work. sometimes it don't seem that way but we try our best to take care of our people. >> neil: i know you're not seeing this, but we're showing you what the area was like and
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after. it's virtually unrecognizable. everything was destroyed. we know the candle factory owner says he's eager to rebuild and state there and prove that be kentuckians can come back and they will come back. how do you feel about that? >> i believe that we're strong. i believe that we have a strong community. it very apparent that everybody is coming together to help each other out. for rebuilding, i think it a beautiful idea. we've been told they're starting a new building. either way, i look forward going back to work. i love my job and i love the people that i work with. >> neil: how is your extended family holding up and you?
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>> one moment at a time right now. i'm still, i guess, processing it. i haven't really -- it hasn't hit hard enough for me to break yet. i'm just waiting for it. i know it's coming. but for right now, one moment at a time. all the kids are a mess. his mom is just a disaster. i mean considering the circumstances, we're holding up pretty good. >> neil: autumn, anything i say would be empty and a cliche'. hang in there. you have a whole nation rooting for you and your friends, your family, child. everyone. i cannot believe what you're going through, particularly now this time of the year. knowing you have a lot of people praying and hoping for the best. >> thank you so much.
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so anyone who says lactaid isn't real milk is also saying mabel here isn't a real cow. and she really hates that. >> neil: just updating you on some of the numbers out of kentucky and the six-state region buffeted by the two dozen tornadoes that combined with a force of something that we have never seen, anything like this. 74 confirmed dead in kentucky. that would bring the total in this six-state area that would include the likes of arkansas, missouri, illinois to 88 that we know hoff. the governor indicating right now that 109 are unaccounted for. he expects given the county by county reports that those numbers are conservative. mike tobin has reported that a
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good many of them that they're alive and well and we hope that is the case. i want to go to chuck grassley. as many of you know, iowa is no stranger to tornadoes, a dozen of them confirmed in the past year. senator, very good to have you. i'm sorry understand these circumstances. we know that federal help is on the way. the president signed off on that immediately. these people need help now across the entire region. what is the first thing that happens when help is signed off on? >> it's already happened. the governor and the president have said so. then just like in 2008 when we had an e-5 tornado within three miles of my farm house in iowa, 13 people died. whenever there's a natural
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disaster, the same programs immediately are instituted and people that qualify get help. the money is a big factor. fema starts a fiscal year with x number of dollars with it. if that goes through the 12 months, that's it. during the middle of a fiscal year, you have a lot of disasters and the money runs outs. it's a nonpartisan way of replenishing it. the programs have been around for decades and the same people in kentucky will qualified just like the same people in iowa would qualify under though laws. the money is there to help them according to what the law gives them the help. >> neil: i wonder, senator, given the unusual nature about the tornadoes, they're in rural areas or areas that there's not as many people. doesn't impact the same from
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those people, of course. here it seems to almost target and a swath that included populated areas and no less in the month of december. i'm just wondering given the federal aid and everything else we're considering, do we have to rejigger thing now when we look at risk level with storms? >> public law is subject to review. we won't really answer that question till we find out how to existing laws impact the people that are hurt in this area. i think they're general laws. it's how they're administered. if the money is available. you tonight run into so much about the problems of the money or the law applying to people, but too often you get it for a couple weeks, people coming in from fema and telling the people this is how we will help you and then they leave and another group of people come in and somehow it's not exactly carried
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out the way the first people promised united states. that inconsistency is what is so tragic for the people that need help and they want to know they're going to get it and want it right now and may not get it right now. you shouldn't have to have these conflicting points of view from different people administering the same public law. >> neil: got it. how has that been allocated? probably getting in the weeds here. people probably want to know about the weeds. five or six states, part of this, when the money or fema funds or efforts come to each and every state, do the states respectively take care of their own needs? how is that handled and administered? >> it goes more from the federal government to people that are hurt. not from the federal government to the states. the states might get some money
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or the local governments might get money but that hits another aspect of fema. what you and i talked about at this point, affecting individuals and families and businesses. when it affects the infrastructure of city government, that is a whole different program. it kicks in about the same way and the same thing would affect if there's anyplace where the state steps in. we've talked about fema. there's programs that are in commerce, in hud and there's programs particularly with the small business administration that are almost as important and maybe to some extent with the department of transportation. >> having been through tornadoes yourself, i wouldn't say they're common but not uncommon. how do you advise people trying to rebuild through this let alone those that loved loved ones? the next step. >> in most cases, there's an 800
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number. you call it and get your information on the 800 number so there's not some deadline that goes by 90 or six months from now and you thought you would get help hand you don't get help. you need to let people within fema know right now that you've been hurt and the extent to which you've been hurt and your more or less on the list. that list doesn't get you the help. you're going to have to have consultation with people on a one-on-one basis to know how you'll be helped. one other thing to remember here, that what is covered by private health insurance, private insurance, kicks in before fema help kicks in. >> neil: glad you explained that. and this notion that people have to fill out forms. you can take your smart phone or any device you have to take
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pictures of the damage done now if they want to expedite this. >> they should do that, yes. >> neil: chuck grassley of iowa. a man and a state familiar with necessary type of storms. nothing like the devastation that we saw in the populated areas across half a dozen states. something that robert ray is seeing up close for himself in mayfield. robert? >> neil, when the president comes here wednesday, he will experience piles of debris in every direction. we'll have the story of this area coming up and specifically the search and rescue that is not only going on here in mayfield but in other towns all around western kentucky. idah. but it's not like that's my only interest. i also love cooking with heart-healthy, idaho potatoes. always look for the grown in idaho seal.
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it is a long position right no, just the ongoing recovery and rescue efforts right now in all of the six states, if you include illinois who also had to deal with with these tornadoes. especially the folks in mayfield , kentucky. that is where the president will be visiting. our correspondent has been monitoring all of this. >> good late afternoon here from mayfield. a town about 10,000 decimated and that is an understatement
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understatement. unfortunately many of lost their lives and search and rescue has been going on all day. about 67 miles away is dawson springs, a town about 2600 people that the governor of kentucky has ties to. i spent most of the day there surveying what is happened, 75% of that small town destroyed by this tornado and did a search and rescue cruz were on the ground there. volunteers of emergency services literally canvassing these neighborhoods that are flattene, pulling up debris and looking for survivors hoping for a miracle and then on the other hand unfortunately there are many people that are still missing in that area. they're looking for those that could be deceased under the rubble. also homeowners that barely survived telling their harrowing stories. i talked to sally hicks earlier today about what she went through. >> you can see the paris were
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sitting on the play and their out there. and there undisturbed. you just can't imagine how everything is. >> there is no proof on her home , absolutely there is no proof on her home. you saw her, the tomatoes now move. the roof take it away. she and her husband took shelter in the basement up at home. the walls fell in. she is okay. her husband fractured his shoulder and broke his arm. he is doing fine but it's definitely injured. people in the surrounding area have lost their lives, such as tremendous devastation and hard a going on in that small town as search and rescue continue here and they have the k-9 dogs out canvassing the areas.
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in the distance in mayfield you can hear the heavy machinery starting to pick up debris that of already been gone through. really, really tough times here. >> thank you so much. robert ray, fox weather correspondent witnessing something that is hard enough alone during the christmas season. let's remember them and help those that survived. >> hello, i'm dana perino. it's 5:00 in new york city and this is "the five". president biden playing the blame game after another -- he's not pointing the finger at worried americans and say they could just be confused about the job he is really doing. the president, a growing number of americans not happy with surging inflaonnd


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