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Residents of a Kentucky town devastated by a tornado could be without heat, water and electricity in chilly temperatures for a long time, the mayor warned Monday, as officials struggled to restore services after a swarm of twisters levelled neighbourhoods and killed dozens of people in five states.

A water tower for the town is seen destroyed in the aftermath of a tornado at sunrise in Mayfield, Kentucky.ADREES LATIF/Reuters

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The destroyed Mayfield Consumer Products candle factory is seen in the aftermath of a tornado in Mayfield, Kentucky.ADREES LATIF/Reuters

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Men search for victims while navigating past the collapsed roof of the Mayfield Consumer Products candle factory in the aftermath of a tornado in Mayfield, Kentucky.ADREES LATIF/Reuters

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Businesses, including the The Bloom Company, are levelled in the aftermath of a tornado in Mayfield, Kentucky.ADREES LATIF/Reuters

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The First Presbyterian Church is seen destroyed in the aftermath of a tornado in Mayfield, Kentucky.ADREES LATIF/Reuters

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The First United Methodist Church is seen destroyed at sunrise in the aftermath of a tornado in Mayfield, Kentucky.ADREES LATIF/Reuters

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The First Christian Church is seen destroyed in the aftermath of a tornado in Mayfield, Kentucky.ADREES LATIF/Reuters

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A vehicle lies on its side in a business lot after a tornado devastated Mayfield, Kentucky.ADREES LATIF/Reuters

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A man walks past destroyed residences and businesses in the aftermath of a tornado in the city centre of Mayfield, Kentucky.ADREES LATIF/Reuters

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Volunteers, mostly from the Mayfield Consumer Products factory, help salvage possessions from the destroyed home of Martha Thomas, in the aftermath of tornadoes that tore through the region several days earlier, in Mayfield, Kentucky.Gerald Herbert/The Associated Press

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Matha Thomas, center, reacts as volunteers, mostly employees of the Mayfield Consumer Products factory, help her salvage her possessions in the aftermath of tornadoes that tore through the region several days earlier, in Mayfield, Kentucky.Gerald Herbert/The Associated Press

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A framed photo of Martha Thomas lies among the debris of her destroyed home in the aftermath of tornadoes that tore through the region several days earlier, in Mayfield, Kentucky.Gerald Herbert/The Associated Press

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Homes and businesses are badly damaged following a tornado three days prior in Mayfield, Kentucky.Scott Olson/Getty Images

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Aerial view, homes and businesses are badly damaged following a tornado three days prior, in Mayfield, Kentucky.Scott Olson/Getty Images

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