Mayfield Tornado...2022

January 13, 2022  •  5 Comments

On December 10, 2021 an upper-end EF4 tornado ripped historic downtown Mayfield to shreds.  This little town 20 miles from me saw the brunt of the 165.7 mile track of destruction wreaked by this epic tornado.  I'm pretty sure if I had a redo on my career choice, photojournalism would have made the cut.  I love the immediacy but more over I love looking for the stories.  There was very little to 'love' about this tragedy, but I needed to document it.  For me.  And for you.
I'm not a journalist...and I had no reason to be a gawker and add to the chaos of the first few weeks.  So I waited.  The cleanup is well underway.  When it's completed, there will be very little left of the town and the rebuilding will begin.  But, at least, you'll have a chance to catch a glimpse of what this sweet little western Kentucky town lost.

As I drove down the highway on this sunny day, there was very little indication that a horrific storm had ever happened.  Even as I approached Mayfield's city limits.  There is a slight overpass as you enter the town....and on the other side of it was this:

 

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Comments

J(non-registered)
These pictures are beautiful in such a horrific and terrible way.. What devastation, I feel for the people affected, what a mess.
sustainablemum(non-registered)
Such heart breaking photos but with an evocative beauty at the same time. Thank you for sharing these, that is a lot of clearing up work that will need to be done.
Eileen(non-registered)
Oh,Stephanie, my heart breaks for the town of Mayfield! Your pictures really capture the destruction.
It all seems so overwhelming. Mayfield destroyed and now Superior and Louisville burned literally to the ground. We live 30 minutes north of these towns and I do not have the heart to see the distruction. When oh when, is this country going to wake up and admit the environment is changing and we caused it! I fear we are in for a lot more heart break.
Dee Kissinger(non-registered)
The damage is just unfathomable. The photo that struck me the most was the doorway with the inside of the home spilling out bricks.

Those vintage buildings will be built back, but will they ever be able to capture the beauty of the old architecture? Probably not, and that breaks my heart.
Bridget(non-registered)
Thank you for sharing this. Sadly, nature doesn't care if we would like to grab our families and possessions or not.
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