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A Kentucky Town Grieves in Tornado Aftermath

Cleanup efforts continue in Mayfield, Kentucky, on Dec 12. 

Cleanup efforts continue in Mayfield, Kentucky, on Dec 12. 

Photographer: Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

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Mayfield, Ky. (AP) -- Judy Burton’s hands shivered as she gazed up at what had been her third-floor apartment. She could see her clothes still hanging in the closet, through the building's shredded walls. Across the street, her church was boarded up. A few blocks away, the spire was ripped away from the town's grand courthouse, its roof caved in. The restaurant where neighbors met for lunch, too, was lost in the rubble.

She clasped her hands together and tried to quiet their quivering. Burton and her dog had narrowly escaped as a tornado hit her town, part of an outbreak of twisters across the Midwest and South. Now, she stood among the grind of heavy machinery clearing the wreckage of landmarks, businesses and homes of Mayfield, population 10,000.