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Deadly tornadoes At least 100 people feared dead as storms sweep across the US midwest

More than 30 tornadoes have been reported in at least six states including Missouri, Tennessee, Mississippi and Kentucky

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Traffic backs up amidst tornado debris and cleanup efforts

Traffic backs up amidst tornado debris and cleanup efforts

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Traffic backs up amidst tornado debris and cleanup efforts

At least 100 people are feared dead as severe storms and dozens of tornadoes swept across the midwest of the United States.

More than 30 tornadoes have been reported in at least six states including Missouri, Tennessee, Mississippi and Kentucky.

In Kentucky alone, 22 deaths were confirmed on Saturday evening, including 11 in and around the city of Bowling Green.

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear said upwards of 70 people may have been killed when a twister caused chaos for more than 200 miles.

The twister carved a track that could rival the longest on record as the storm front smashed apart a candle factory, leaving dozens dead and communities in despair.

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Crews sifted through the wreckage of the candle factory in Mayfield, where 100 people were working overnight on Friday when the storm hit. Forty of them were rescued.

“We had to, at times, crawl over casualties to get to live victims,” said Jeremy Creason, the city’s fire chief and EMS director.

Currently, 36 deaths have been recorded in five states including six people in Illinois, four in Tennessee; two in Arkansas, and two in Missouri.

Parts of Mayfield, in western Kentucky, were covered in debris after the tornado destroyed buildings and shredded trees.

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Twisted metal sheeting, downed power lines and wrecked vehicles lined the streets.

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Windows and roofs were blown off the buildings that were still standing.

Many remain missing in the candle factory including Janine Denise Johnson Williams, a 50-year-old mother-of-four whose family members were seen at the site on Saturday.

"It’s Christmastime and she works at a place that’s making candles for gifts," her brother, Darryl Williams, said.

He said Johnson Williams called her husband overnight to report the weather was getting bad, the last time anyone heard from her.

Kyanna Parsons-Perez, an employee at the factory, was trapped under five feet of debris for at least two hours until rescuers managed to free her.

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In an interview with NBC’s "Today," she said it was "absolutely the most terrifying" event she had ever experienced. "I did not think I was going to make it at all."

Just before the tornado struck, the building’s lights flickered. She felt a gust of wind, her ears started popping and then, "Boom. Everything came down on us." People started screaming, and she heard other workers praying.

Kentucky State Trooper Sarah Burgess said rescue crews were using heavy equipment to move rubble at the candle factory.

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Coroners were called to the scene and bodies were recovered, but she didn’t know how many.

Rescue efforts were complicated because Mayfield’s main fire station and emergency services hub were also hit by the tornado, Creason said.

After a wall at a nursing home in Mayfield collapsed, Vernon Evans said he rushed to help firefighters pull people out, only to find one resident lying dead in a few inches of water.

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