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Thousands left without heat, water after tornadoes kill dozens

The Associated Press AP Photo/Gerald Herbert Voluteers help Martha Thomas, second left, salvage possessions from her destroyed home, in the aftermath of tornadoes that tore through the region, in Mayfield, Ky., Monday, Dec. 13, 2021.

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MAYFIELD, Ky. — Residents of Kentucky counties where tornadoes killed several dozen people could be without heat, water or electricity in frigid temperatures for weeks or longer, state officials warned on Dec. 13., as the toll of damage and deaths came into clearer focus in five states slammed by a swarm of twisters.

Kentucky authorities said the sheer level of destruction was hindering their ability to tally the devastation from the Dec. 10 storms. At least 64 people were killed in the state alone, though officials believe the death toll will be lower than initially feared since it appeared many more. . .

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