40 dead after tornadoes tear through Indiana, Kentucky and other states

40 dead after tornadoes tear through Indiana, Kentucky and other states

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CHELSEA, IN - MARCH 03: A torn American flag is seen in a downed tree after a tornado passed through the area March 3, 2012 in Chelsea, Indiana. Severe weather and tornados have swept across the U.S. causing heavy damage and multiple deaths. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press and WHAS11 News

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Posted on March 3, 2012 at 11:14 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 6 at 2:21 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky's death toll from Friday's wave of storms has risen to 22.
   State officials say the latest death occurred in Kenton County in northern Kentucky.
   The state says six people died in Morgan County, where West Liberty was hit by a tornado packing winds up to 140 mph. Five people are reported dead in Laurel County, four in Kenton County, three in Menifee County and two each in Lawrence and Johnson counties.
   Forecasters say the tornado that hit West Liberty was on the ground for about 60 continuous miles in eastern Kentucky.
   Meteorologist Tony Edwards says the storm tracked through Menifee, Morgan, Johnson and Lawrence counties and was on the ground for about an hour in Kentucky. It was the strongest tornado in the region in nearly a quarter-century.
In Indiana, the Indiana House held a moment of silence honoring the victims of Friday's tornadoes that devastated several small towns in southern Indiana and killed more than a dozen people.
   House Speaker Brian Bosma asked all members to stand in silence as the House opened its session Monday morning. A pastor who gave the opening prayer asked for blessings on those who are trying to rebuild their lives following the storms.
   Bosma said he was working with legislators who represent the hardest-hit areas on a way for members of the General Assembly to assist the tornado victims.
    Rescuers found 15-month-old Angel Babcock alive in an Indiana field after a tornado killed her parents and two siblings. But the New Pekin, Ind., toddler died of her injuries Sunday, bringing the number of people killed by the storms to 40.
   At least 7 tornados moved through the Midwest, leaving 40 people killed in 5 states. Twenty-two deaths in Kentucky and thirteen of those deaths were in Indiana. The National Weather Service said the tornado that struck New Pekin measured an EF-3 on the enhanced Fujita scale, while another tornado that struck nearby Henryville, Ind., measured an EF-4 and packed winds of 175 mph.
   As residents picked through the rubble and made plans bury their dead, they also began trying to find a semblance of normalcy as officials continued to assess the damage.

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