What you missed in Columbus for Monday, Dec. 13

Tornadoes level parts of Kentucky, omicron surfaces in Ohio and more from the weekend

Joel Oliphint
Columbus Alive
Downtown Mayfield, Kentucky, on Saturday, Dec. 11, after deadly tornados ripped through the small community.

According to the Associated Press, many Kentucky residents could be without water, electricity and heat for weeks or months after tornadoes ripped through the state, killing dozens.

The storms destroyed nearly the entire town of Mayfield, Kentucky. "Our infrastructure is so damaged. We have no running water. Our water tower was lost. Our wastewater management was lost, and there’s no natural gas to the city. So we have nothing to rely on there,” Mayfield Mayor Kathy Stewart O’Nan told CBS. "So that is purely survival at this point for so many of our people.”

Over the weekend, Columbus band Moviola pointed folks to the United Way of Kentucky, where donations will go directly to recovery efforts. Moviola singer/guitarist Jerry Dannemiller is a native of Mayfield.

The New York Times made maps of where the tornadoes struck across six states.

While damage in Columbus was far less severe than the destruction in Kentucky and elsewhere, high winds caused temporary power outages for about 25,000 customers in central, southern and eastern Ohio on Saturday.

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Over the weekend, Ohio recorded its first two cases of the omicron variant of COVID-19. Both were adult males from Central Ohio.

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Several Ohio hospital systems have suspended their COVID vaccine mandates as the federal mandate makes its way through the courts. 

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TIME named the richest man in the world, Elon Musk, its person of the year.