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Storms Carve Deadly Path Across U.S.

March 3, 2012 by staff 

Storms Carve Deadly Path Across U.S., At least 17 people were killed in Southern Indiana and Kentucky after a series of fierce storms carved a path of destruction through the Midwest on Friday. As night fell, crews were searching for victims and beginning the cleanup.

In the town of Chelsea in Jefferson County, Ind., first responders found a 4-year-old boy and his great-grandparents lying on the ground 50 feet from where the elderly couple’s home had been blown off its foundation. The house was thrown more than 100 feet away. All three died of multiple blunt force injuries, according to David Bell the county’s Emergency Management director.

A man who lived nearby also was killed when the storm slammed into his residence, Jefferson County Sheriff John Wallace said.

The victims’ names were being withheld pending notification of relatives, Wallace said.

Storm Prediction Center

Much of the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys are under the greatest threat for severe weather and tornadoes today. Areas in purple are under the highest risk; red areas are in a “moderate” risk, and yellow in a “slight” risk area.

“All of this happened in less than 30 seconds,” said Cory Thomas, a Hanover volunteer firefighter, who was sitting in a firetruck watching and videotaping the funnel cloud as it moved from the north.

Michelle and Daniel Cartwright, whose parents lived at an intersection nearby, had rushed from their home to his parents’ house to help his grandmother during the storm. They moved her to the basement and heard a tremendous roar as the storm bore down on the house, Michelle Cartwright said.

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