Whole town ‘completely gone’ after Indiana tornado

(RNN) – An entire Indiana town may be gone after a tornado ravaged the area in the latest severe storm to strike Friday.

The Associated Press reported that the town of Marysville is “completely gone,” according to Clark County Sheriff’s Department Maj. Chuck Adams. Southern Indiana was walloped by a tornado and authorities are reporting extensive and widespread damage in Henryville, IN, about 20 miles north of Louisville, KY.

A substantial, possible multiple vortex tornado was on the ground near Henryville around 3:30 ET Friday. Affiliate WAVE 3 is reporting at least one person has died there, and that Henryville Junior-Senior High School was destroyed.

The storm is just the latest in a series of dangerous weather systems that have swept across the eastern part of the U.S. just two days after another storm system produced 35 twisters, killing 13 people in the Midwest.

Search and rescue efforts are under way in two counties in Alabama as more severe weather heads toward Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio. The storm system was taking aim at Lexington, KY, and Cincinnati, OH, on Friday afternoon.

There are “critical” injuries in the Chattanooga, TN, area. Hamilton County Emergency Management report six to 10 people have been transported to local hospitals and that officials set up a triage area to treat patients on-site in Ooltewah, a suburb of Chattanooga.

Rescue workers are searching for possible victims in Limestone and Madison counties in Alabama, which took hits from two tornadoes. Six people in Madison County are injured and have been transported to a local hospital, according to the Alabama Emergency Management Agency.

Twenty-two tornado warnings in 47 counties are active.

read more at                 www.wave3.com

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Posted on March 2, 2012, in United States, Weather and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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