People gather at a vigil on Tuesday, December 14, in Mayfield, Kentucky, for those who were killed when the roof collapsed at a candle factory.
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In pictures: Deadly tornadoes hit central and southern US

Updated 9:37 AM ET, Wed December 15, 2021

People gather at a vigil on Tuesday, December 14, in Mayfield, Kentucky, for those who were killed when the roof collapsed at a candle factory.
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More than 50 tornadoes were reported across eight states late Friday and early Saturday, killing dozens of people and leaving a trail of devastation.

The severe weather caused the collapse of a candle factory in Kentucky, an Amazon warehouse in western Illinois and a nursing home in Arkansas, killing people at each site and leaving responders scrambling to rescue survivors.

"The level of devastation is unlike anything I have ever seen," Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said.