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Heavy damage is seen downtown after a tornado swept through the area on Dec. 11 in Mayfield, Ky. Photo: Brett Carlsen/Getty Images

More than 50 people are feared dead after a tornado ripped through western Kentucky overnight and left damage across multiple states.

Driving the news: Dozens are expected to have died in Mayfield, Kentucky, per WLKY. At least 110 people were in a candle manufacturing factory there when the tornado struck.

  • "This is going to be some of the worst tornado damage that we've seen in a long time," Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said early Saturday. "This is likely to be the most severe tornado outbreak in our state's history."

The big picture: The Kentucky tornado is likely to rank as the deadliest single tornado since the Joplin, Missouri, tornado in 2011, which killed 158 people.

In photos:
Heavy damage is seen downtown after a tornado swept through the area on Dec. 11 in Mayfield, Ky. Photo: Brett Carlsen/Getty Images
Heavy damage is seen downtown after the tornado in Mayfield, Ky. Photo: Brett Carlsen/Getty Images
General view of tornado damage in downtown Mayfield, Ky., on Dec. 11. Photo: Brett Carlsen/Getty Images
Heavy damage is seen in downtown Mayfield, Ky., after a tornado swept through the area. Photo: Brett Carlsen/Getty Images

Go deeper: Historic tornado outbreak leaves at least 50 dead in Kentucky, governor says.

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By the numbers: Jan. 6 one year later

Pro-Trump supporters storm the U.S. Capitol following a rally with President Trump on Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington, D.C. Photo: Samuel Corum via Getty Images

America's democratic institutions were rattled on Jan. 6, 2021, after pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol in an effort to stop the certification of the 2020 election.

Why it matters: The insurrection had a lasting impact on the country and Congress. Here's a look at 10 numbers that show where things are a year out from that violent day.

45 million Americans under winter storm watches near New England

Computer model projection showing the winds moving around the powerful East Coast storm on Saturday Jan. 29, 2022. Image: https://earth.nullschool.net

Nearly 45 million Americans are under winter weather alerts and warnings from North Carolina to northeastern Maine Thursday night, as a major winter storm threatens the region.

Why it matters: It is predicted to be the biggest blizzard since 2018 to strike the Northeast with more than 2 feet of snow possible in parts of eastern Massachusetts, according to the National Weather Service.

Judge nixes Gulf of Mexico oil leases in climate-focused ruling

Tug boats prepare to tow the semi-submersible drilling platform Noble Danny Adkins through the Port Aransas Channel into the Gulf of Mexico on December 12, 2020 in Port Aransas, Texas. Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images

A federal judge on Thursday canceled the Biden administration's late 2021 sale of new oil-and-gas drilling leases in the Gulf of Mexico.

Why it matters: The ruling that the greenhouse gas emissions analysis by the Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) was insufficient is a win for green groups that challenged the decision, as they seek to curb fossil fuel production.