US tornadoes: at least 28 dead as two towns ‘disappear’

Saturday, March 3, 2012
By Paul Martin

A devastating wave of tornadoes swept across the American mid-West and South on Friday, killing at least 28 people, injuring hundreds and flattening two towns.

By Philip Sherwell
TelegraphUK
03 Mar 2012

The powerful storm system stretched from the US Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes in the north, in the second deadly tornado outbreak in a week.

The twisters splintered homes, damaged a prison and tossed around vehicles across the region, leaving at least 13 people dead in southern Indiana, another 12 in neighboring Kentucky, two more in Ohio, and one in Alabama, officials said. In all, the latest line of storms battered a band of states from Ohio and Indiana on southward to Alabama and Georgia.

“We are no match for Mother Nature at her worst,” Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels said in a statement, adding that he would visit the stricken southeast corner of the state on Saturday.

Aerial footage from a TV news helicopter flying over Henryville showed wrecked houses and a mangled school bus protruding from the side of a one-story building overturned trailers.

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