Last week’s Mayfield tornadoes in Kentucky left at least 74 people dead. They left no heat, water, or electricity so they are forced to use what little warmth is left from their houses. 

The state authorities stated that the destruction caused by Friday’s storms in five states was hindering them from calculating the damage. They also worried about the ability of people to fight the cold. President Joe Biden will be visiting Mayfield Wednesday to inspect the devastation. 

 ‘Our infrastructure is so damaged. We have no running water,’ Mayfield Mayor Kathy Stewart O’Nan told CBS Mornings.

‘Our wastewater management is gone, and there’s not enough natural gas for the city. We have no other options. That is why survival for many of our citizens at the moment is all about survival.

Members of the Bowlin family, in Mayfield, Kentucky, light a fire from the wreckage of their home after Friday's tornadoes cut off heat and electricity in the city. Temperatures drop to near freezing in the night

After Friday’s tornadoes, Mayfield residents in Kentucky built a fire in their house from wreckage. Night temperatures drop to below freezing

The storms left 74 dead in Kentucky and destroyed thousands of homes. Jessica Hart is pictured surveying the destruction of her house with her son, Gus, who is crying at what was once his home

The hurricanes caused thousands of home destruction and left 74 people dead in Kentucky. Jessica Hart, her daughter, is seen gazing at her home and Gus Hart, her son. Gus is still crying over the loss of his house.

One hour away at Dawson Springs, residents estimate that about 60 per cent of homes have been left beyond repair

Dawson Springs residents are an hour away, and they estimate that 60 percent of houses have been abandoned beyond repair.

Home owners in Cambridge Shores, Kentucky, are gathering up their remaining belongings where their house once stood

Cambridge Shores homeowners are moving their possessions to the new location.

The aerial view of the aftermath depicts homes left empty and gutted by the tornadoes that struck last Friday

An aerial view shows the destruction of homes by tornadoes last Friday.

Jeffery Bowlin kept attending to the fire by feeding it a piece of wood from the wreckage of his own home

Jeffery Bowlin continued to tend the fire, feeding the wood a piece from his home’s wreckage.

More than 10,000 homes in Mayfield were also left without water after a water tower was destroyed

After the destruction of a water tower, more than 10,000 Mayfield homes were left without water.

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear explained that shelters are being created in state parks to provide refuge for families. 

According to the Associated Press, 26,000 households and businesses in the affected state were without power, according to the Associated Press. 

There are more than 10,000 Mayfield businesses and homes without water. Another 17,000 have been placed under boil-water advisory. 

Beshear indicated that the total death toll could be difficult to pinpoint as door-todoor searches are impossible due to the destruction. 

Biden will be visiting Fort Campbell on Wednesday for a briefing about storms, before heading to Dawson Springs and Mayfield where there has been most damage. 

Biden “wants to hear directly” from people. Jen Psaki, press secretary, stated that the president will offer federal assistance to victims. 

Biden declared, ‘We’re going get it done.’ “We will be there for as long as it takes. 

Cynthia Gargis is a Mayfield native and a 51-year-old woman who told the AP that everything she owned was destroyed by the tornadoes. 

 ‘I don’t know, I don’t see how we’ll ever get over this,’ Gargis said. It won’t be the same.

Residents of Mayfield also observed a candlelight vigil Monday in memory of those who lost their lives during Friday’s hurricane.  

Kentucky residents are doing their best to salvage all their lost belongings. Matt Robertson, right, and his son, Charlie, are pictured boxing up whatever they can find from the ruins of their home

Kentucky residents try to salvage their personal belongings. Matt Robertson and Charlie Robertson are seen boxing everything they find in the wreckage of their Kentucky home.

Across the state 26,000 homes and businesses were left without electricity in the aftermath of the disaster

26,000 residents and businesses in California were left without electricity after the storm.

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said that lodges in state parks were being opened as shelters to allow families to take refuge

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear stated that state park lodges were opening as refuges for families in need.

Beshear said the complete scale of destruction won't be known for days as some homes are impossible to get to

Beshear stated that the full extent of the destruction will not be revealed for several days because some houses are difficult to access. 

Mayfield residents like Susan Orten, above, cried as they walked in the ruins of their city to try and find their belongings

Mayfield residents, like Susan Orten above, wept as they searched for their belongings in the rubble of their home.

On Monday, Mayfield residents gathered to hold a candlelight vigil for those who died from the storms

Mayfield residents held a candlelight Vigil on Monday for the victims of storms 

The 30 twisters that hit Kentucky claimed the lives of 74 people across the state

Kentucky was hit by 30 tornadoes that claimed the lives of 74 residents.

Families and residents of all ages attended the vigil to mourn the deaths of their neighbors

Residents and families of all ages came together to remember their loved ones.

The vigil concluded with participants singing 'Amazing Grace' to pay tribute to the fallen

Participants ended the vigil by singing “Amazing Grace” to remember those who had died.

Jessaundra Jackson, right, hugs an employee of Mayfield Consumer Products, were at least eight people died

Jessaundra, left, hugging an employee at Mayfield Consumer Products. At least eight of them died.

One hour further in Hopkins County Judge Jack Whitfield stated that 60 percent of Dawson Springs homes had been declared unsafe.

Whitfield claimed that it looks as if a bomb was set off. It will take many years to fully recover. 

Tim Morgan was a volunteer chaplaincy at Hopkins County Sheriff’s Department and said that the effects were unlike anything he’d ever witnessed from natural disasters. 

 ‘Just absolute decimation. He told the AP that there is a whole hillside with houses standing 3ft tall.

Other than the victims in Kentucky’s storms, six were killed in the Amazon distribution center at Edwardsville, Illinois. Two of them died in Tennessee. Arkansas nursing home workers saved the seniors with their own bodies. 

The tornadoes tore across the state of Kentucky and sent some homes in Cambridge Shores under water

Some homes in Cambridge Shores were submerged by the tornadoes that erupted across Kentucky.

Residents said that entire hills where homes once stood were now destroyed

Local residents claimed that whole hills, where their homes used to be, were being destroyed.  

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear, pictured hugging volunteer emergency responder Brehanna Lee, said he would open emergency shelter sites across the state to help those displaced by the storm

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear is seen hugging Brehanna Lee, an emergency responder, and announcing that he will open shelters across Kentucky to assist those who were displaced during the storm

A recovery crew member searches for missing victims at a creek in Bowling Green, Kentucky

An officer of the recovery crew searches for missing people at a Creek in Bowling Green (Kentucky).

Residents said they are not sure if their lives and homes could ever return to normal following the disaster

According to residents, they don’t know if their homes and lives will ever be the same after the catastrophe.

Pictured, an aerial view of the Mayfield Consumer Products candle factory that was decimated by the tornadoes

Aerial view of Mayfield Consumer Products’ candle factory, which was destroyed by tornadoes.

Volunteers from the the candle factory lined up to help residents salvaged their possession from the wreckage

Volunteers at the candle factory joined the fray to assist residents in salvaging their possessions from the rubble

Initial fears were that 70 people would be killed in Mayfield, at the Mayfield Consumer Products candle plant. Workers claimed they had been threatened with job loss if they didn’t evacuate early enough as the tornadoes neared. 

Eight people were among the many fatalities at this factory. 

The word of the storm was spreading fast. Up to fifteen people were on shift and asked their managers to allow them to leave to find shelter in their homes. Managers allegedly refused. 

The city of Mayfield, Kentucky was hit particularly hard, including a candle manufacturing factory that was operating at the time the twister hit

Kentucky’s Mayfield city was particularly affected, with a factory for candle making that was still in operation at the time of the twister.

Autumn Kirks, right who was on shift tossed aside wax and fragrance buckets to make an improvised safe place. She glanced away from her boyfriend, Lannis Ward, left, and when she looked back, he was gone

Autumn Kirks was right, and she tossed away her fragrance buckets and wax to create an unplanned safe space. Lannis Ward, her boyfriend, glanced at her and she saw him gone.

There were 110 people in the building at the time that it was nearly collapsed by the tornado

The tornado nearly brought down the entire building, which was home to 110 people at the time.

Eight people from the factory died, with 74 people across Kentucky killed. Ten are still missing

Eight factory workers were killed, and 74 others in Kentucky were also hurt. Ten people are still missing

Many people left during work shifts, not knowing what their repercussions might be. 

It was the right decision. It was gutted with only rubble and twisted steel left, a testimony to the destruction of the storm. 

Autumn Kirks who was on shift tossed aside wax and fragrance buckets to make an improvised safe place. Lannis Ward was her boyfriend. She looked away and he was gone. 

The terrible news came later that Ward had died in the hurricane. 

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Mark and Courtney Saxton look at their home, which was devastated by a tornado in Mayfield. Mark says he was given no option to leave the factory as the tornadoes approached

Courtney and Mark Saxton view their house, which was destroyed by the tornadoes in Mayfield. Mark states that he had no choice but to stay at the factory during the approaching tornadoes.

Justin comforts his girlfiriend Sunny as the two stay at the The Way shelter in Wingo, Kentucky, Sunny's brother lost his best friend in the candle factory collapse after tornadoes destroyed the facility

Justin comforts Sunny while they are at The Way shelter in Wingo. Sunny was Sunny’s best friend who died in the collapse of the candle factory after it was destroyed by tornadoes.

Many were still back on shift when the tornado hit destroying the factory. Mayfield is pictured

Many of them were working on the shifts when the tornado devastated the factory. Mayfield is shown

“We pray that the original estimations of our lost loved ones were incorrect. It’ll be quite amazing,’ said the governor. In the entire state, there have been 74 confirmed deaths.

Rescuers at the candle factory had to climb over dead bodies to reach the living in a catastrophe scene that smelled like candles. 

McKayla Emery (21) said the workers were first to ask for their freedom after the sirens sound at 5:30 pm.

However, workers were still standing in hallways and bathrooms for several hours until the tornado arrived.

The workers believed that the danger was over and they asked to be allowed to return to work.

This combination of satellite images shows Mayfield Consumer Products candle factory before the storm hit, and then on Saturday after

These satellite images combine to show Mayfield Consumer Products candles factory prior to the storm and on Saturday following.

A warehouse lies damaged after it was hit by a tornado in Mayfield, Kentucky

After being hit by a tornado, a warehouse in Mayfield (Kentucky) was damaged.

Mayfield Candle Factory - pictured before the storm stuck

Mayfield Candle Factory, pictured just before the storm.

Buildings are razed to the ground after a tornado destroyed almost everything in Mayfield

After a tornado decimated nearly everything in Mayfield, buildings are torn down

Emery said to NBC News, “People had questioned if it was possible for them to leave or return home.” 

Emery claimed to have heard four managers say to Emery, “If you leave you are more likely to get fired,” Emery said. “I heard it with my own ears.”

The lights began flickering as the storm approached. Everybody who stood nearby her became instantly engulfed by concrete blocks. 

“I kid you not. I heard a loud bang and then the next thing I knew, I was trapped beneath a concrete wall,” she stated. “I could not move anything.” I could not push anything. It was impossible to move. 

Emery also suffered severe burns from hot wax candles.  

n this aerial view, crews clear the rubble at the Mayfield Consumer Products candle factory after it was destroyed by a tornado on Friday

This aerial view shows crews clearing the wreckage at Mayfield Consumer Products candle plant after it was destroyed in a tornado.

A man searches for victims while climbing past the collapsed roof of the Mayfield Consumer Products candle factory in the aftermath of a tornado in Mayfield, Kentucky

A man searches out victims after climbing over the damaged roof at the Mayfield Consumer Products candle plant in Mayfield. This was in the aftermath to a tornado in Mayfield.

Employee Latavia Halliburton stated that some people had asked to leave but were told by managers they would lose their jobs. 

Haley Conder, a 29-year-old employee, said around 15 employees requested that they go home earlier on the night shift, with an hour window. 

She describes how initially team leaders refused to let workers leave so everyone was kept in hallways and bathrooms. It was then back to work after deciding that tornadoes weren’t a danger.   

‘It is impossible to leave. You can’t leave. Conder claimed that Conder was told by managers to stay. The situation was dire. All were uncomfortable. 

Mark Saxton (37), a driver of a forklift, said that he wasn’t allowed to go.

“That’s it. They should have allowed us to go. We were given a warning and told to leave the hall. They told us to go back work after the warning. They refused to let us go home. 

He added, “It hurts because I feel like our were neglected,”

According to the company, there were no allegations of staff being denied leave rights or that they would have been at risk if they left early.

Bob Ferguson, the spokesperson for Covid, stated that it was untrue. Since Covid’s inception, we have had this policy. The policy allows employees to take leave at any time and can return the following day.

He stated that the protocols were in place and had been followed.  

An employee hotline is now available for 24 hours to help them with grief counseling or hazard pay.