Deadly Tornadoes Strike Midwest, Devastate Indiana

Friday, March 2nd 2012, 10:50 pm
By: News 9

Deadly storms packing high-powered tornadoes plowed through the Midwest killing at least 20 people as of late Friday. The death toll is expected to climb.

Law enforcement officials are now saying two towns in Indiana no longer exist. It all started Friday morning in Alabama. Then, the attention shifted north to Tennessee, Kentucky and the hardest hit area, southern Indiana, where 14 people were reported dead as of late Friday.

A powerful twister caused utter destruction in Henryville, Indiana. Ten minutes later, it wiped out Marysville, Indiana. Both Hoosier towns are about 20 miles north of Louisville, Kentucky.

"Devastating, heartbreaking, don't really know what to think to tell you the truth," tornado survivor Dwight Steel said.

Witnesses were able to record amateur video of the tornado that leveled buildings and threw cars around like toys. The powerful rotation tore the high school in Henryville to pieces and even sent a school bus inside the school. None of the children from Henryville High School were injured.

Parts of Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee and Ohio all braced for the storms as early as noon and continued into the evening.

Tornadoes touched down south of Nashville, Tennessee. No significant damage was reported in Music City's downtown.

Late Friday, the cleanup work was just beginning. News 9 has learned shortly after the storm in Indiana, volunteers were seen delivering food and water to storm victims with the help of shopping carts.