MAYFIELD, Ky. -- Mayfield has been described as ground zero for the deadly tornadoes that ripped through the area- Leaving complete devastation.
You can see this church behind me it was here for decades. I spoke with lifelong residents who say they don’t even recognize their own town.
Hundreds of homes are destroyed. Some residents even forced to leave and find somewhere else to stay.
"I heard a lot of boom boom boom. It tore up my neighbor's car. It’s just a mess," said Nadine Jackson, of Mayfield.
The downtown area of Mayfield is the hardest hit. What was once a quaint small town center now looks like a war zone, with leveled landmarks and businesses.
One local family restaurant has been in business for 40 years - now, it’s in ruins.
"Every memory that you think you have I didn’t even recognize buildings. I didn’t recognize what things were and then has a came down and saw our restaurant they’ve owned it since I was 3 so. For 40 years they’ve had this building and I have so many memories," said Michelle Kraeutzer.
Among all the chaos - people are rallying around Mayfield. And while residents are trying to stay positive many are now left asking, why?
As clean up efforts continue, a curfew a curfew has been put in place for Mayfield. All residents need to be indoors by 7 p.m. Only first responders are allowed on the streets overnight.