At least 12 dead after Midwest storms

English: A tornado in Kansas on May 22, 2008

By Cecelia Hanley

(RNN) – A deadly storm that roared through the Midwest has killed at least 12 people and injured more than 100 across several states, leaving homes and businesses pummeled and without power in its wake.At least 40 percent of one Kansas town was damaged by the powerful storms. Emergency officials are assessing damage in Harveyville, KS, after the storm plowed through about 9 p.m. Wednesday.

The fast moving front that began Tuesday night in Kansas tore through southern Illinois just before sunrise Wednesday killing 10 people near Harrisburg, IL, according to KFVS. The Saline County Sheriff’s office has confirmed just three deaths, however.

The sheriff’s office said a tornado hit Harrisburg at 4:56 a.m., injuring 100, and damaging or destroying 250 to 300 houses and 25 businesses.

There are reports of tractor-trailers flipped over, power lines down, mattresses hanging from trees and windows and doors blown out at businesses. Harrisburg Middle School sustained damage and classes were canceled for the rest of the week.

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Posted on February 29, 2012, in United States and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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