Updated Dec 13, 2021 - Energy & Environment

In photos: Before and after images show scale of tornado damage

Destroyed homes and buildings in Mayfield, Kentucky
Aerial shot of damaged homes and buildings in Mayfield, Ky. Photo: Satellite image ©2021 Maxar Technologies

Newly released satellite images illustrate the extent of destruction wrecked by deadly tornados that tore through Kentucky and other states on Friday.

Driving the news: The confirmed death toll in Kentucky has climbed to 74 and is expected to increase. Dozens of people remain unaccounted for in the aftermath of the disaster.

  • More than two dozen tornadoes touched down in six Midwest and Southern states, which, in addition to Kentucky, were Arkansas, Illinois, Missouri, Mississippi and Tennessee.
  • The satellite images show before and after the tornados struck in Monette, Ark., and Mayfield, Ky.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect the rising death toll.

In Photos
Monette Manor Nursing Home
Monette Manor Nursing Home before tornado destruction. Photo: Satellite image ©2021 Maxar Technologies
Monette Manor Nursing Home
Monette Manor Nursing Home after tornado destruction. Photo: Satellite image ©2021 Maxar Technologies
Farm buildings in Monette, Arkansas
Farm buildings in Monette, Arkansas before tornado destruction. Photo: Satellite image ©2021 Maxar Technologies
Farm buildings in Monette, Arkansas
Farm buildings in Monette, Ark., after tornado destruction. Photo: Satellite image ©2021 Maxar Technologies
Overview of downtown Mayfield, Kentucky before the tornados
Overview of downtown Mayfield, Ky., before the tornados. Photo: Satellite image ©2021 Maxar Technologies
Mayfield, Kentucky after tornado destruction
Overview of downtown Mayfield, Ky., after the tornados. Photo: Satellite image ©2021 Maxar Technologies
Mayfield Consumer Products candle factory
Mayfield Consumer Products candle factory in Mayfield, Ky., before the tornados. Photo: Satellite image ©2021 Maxar Technologies
Mayfield, Kentucky candle factory
Mayfield Consumer Products candle factory after the tornados. Photo: Satellite image ©2021 Maxar Technologies
Mayfield, Kentucky homes before tornados
Aerial shot of homes and buildings in Mayfield, Ky. Photo: Satellite image ©2021 Maxar Technologies
Mayfield, Kentucky damaged homes and buildings
Aerial shot of damaged homes and buildings in Mayfield, Ky. Photo: Satellite image ©2021 Maxar Technologies
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