A young girl has died in a Missouri tornado just minutes after she took a sweet photo with her sisters.
It comes as eighty-eight people have been confirmed dead after extreme weather and tornadoes ripped through the US.
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Hundreds of people have been left injured after tornadoes stormed across the south and midwest of the US over the weekend.
Around 30 tornadoes have been estimated to have tore through Kentucky, Missouri, Illinois, Tennessee and Arkansas resulting in complete devastation in many towns.
Kentucky Governor, Andy Beshear, estimated over the weekend that the death toll could reach as high as a hundred.
“Earlier this morning at about 5am we were pretty sure that we would lose over 50 Kentuckians,” he said. “I am now certain that that number is north of 70, it may in fact end up exceeding 100 before the day is done.”
“This has been one of the toughest nights in Kentucky history,” he said during a press conference.
“The damage is even worse now that we have first light. But everywhere along the line of this tornado that touched down and stayed down for over for 227 miles has been severely and significantly impacted.”
The governor added the town of Mayfield in far western Kentucky had been badly affected as a roof collapse in a factory had resulted in “mass casualties.”
Dozens are believed to have been killed at a candle factory where they were working when the storm hit.
Speaking in a press conference on Saturday, President Joe Biden said they will do “whatever is needed” to help those affected by the devastation, CNBC reports.
“The federal government will do everything, everything it can possibly do to help,” Biden said. “I promise you, whatever is needed, whatever is needed, the federal government is going to find a way to supply it.”
In a tweet, Biden also added they are “working with Governors” to ensure that states “have what they need.”
“This morning, I was briefed on the devastating tornadoes across the central U.S. To lose a loved one in a storm like this is an unimaginable tragedy. We’re working with Governors to ensure they have what they need as the search for survivors and damage assessments continue.”
Among those who tragically lost their life due to the tornado’s is 2-month-old, Oaklynn Koon.
Oaklynn tragically succumbed to her injuries 2 days after her parents tried to protect her from the extreme weather.
In a bid to protect the family, Oaklynn’s parents, Doug and Jackie, had strapped her into her car seat in the bathroom, sat her brothers in the bathtub and covered themselves in pillows, the Daily Mail reports.
Despite their efforts, they were thrown from their home and to the other side of their neighbor’s house as the tornado hit.
As a result of the impact, Oaklynn suffered a stroke, a swollen head and injuries to her neck, the outlet reports.
Doug and Jackie announced Oaklynn’s passing on Facebook, writing: “Miss Oaklynn. passed away.”
They later added: “At least I know who will be watching over you up there for me. My dad. God this doesn’t seem real.”
Sadly, Oaklynn is one of many to have lost their lives in the tornado’s.
As at least eighty-eight people have been confirmed dead, the Wall Street Journal reports.
The large majority of those who have lost their lives are believed to have been in Kentucky.
The outlet reports that Beshear said in a press conference that at least seventy-four people from Kentucky have died.
In Tennessee officials have confirmed 4 deaths and in Illinois 6 have been confirmed dead after an Amazon warehouse partially collapsed due to the tornados.
While officials in Arkansas and Missouri confirmed that 2 people had died in each state.
One of those who sadly died in Missouri is 9-year-old, Annistyn Rackley.
Annistyn died just minutes after taking a picture with her sisters in their “safe space” as they prepared for the tornadoes to hit their home.
Annistyn along with her 2 sisters and their parents, Trey and Meghan Rackley had took shelter in a windowless bathroom in their home.
As the storm approached, Annistyn’s mom sent a picture of the 3 girls in the bathtub to prove they were in their “safe space” to her Aunt Sandy, Today reports.
Then just fifteen minutes later, Sandra Hooker said a tornado had cut through their home.
Family members were carried yards through the air into a muddy field where they were found by first responders.
Most members of the family survived the ordeal, though they were left with injuries.
But sadly, Annistyn died.
Annistyn, who was outgoing and energetic, was described as a “special angel” by Hooker, the outlet reports.
Our thoughts are with all those affected by the incident.
Rest in peace, Annistyn Rackley.