Mayfield residents claw through debris after twisters

Nowhere suffered as much as the small town of Mayfield, Kentucky, where the large twisters, which weather forecasters say are unusual in winter, destroyed a candle factory and the fire and police stations. Sifting through what was left of their town, Mayfield's residents showed resilience.

"Neighbors, helping neighbors," said resident Justin Hall, who owns a window tinting business. "We're going to be back."

"Everything is pretty much destroyed, so we're starting over," said another resident Yonah Yisrael, who runs a martial arts training business. "It's OK."

Meanwhile Robbie Shoulta, a resident from the town of Paducah, drove down to aid first responders by distributing food.

"We didn't know how we can help out," he said. "We knew we had a grill, and we got some people to donate some food, so we thought we could at least grill, hand out some water. We're going to be here as long as we get food."

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear said at least 80 people in his state were dead and the toll was eventually going to exceed 100, but he held out hope for "some miracles" even though it had been more than 24 hours since anyone was found alive in the rubble.

He said the tornadoes were the most destructive in the state's history and that even the sturdiest structures of steel and brick were flattened.