Aerial Photos: Henryville, Ind. damage after deadly EF-4 tornado

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by WHAS11 News

WHAS11.com

Posted on March 6, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 7 at 1:22 PM

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HENRYVILLE, Ind. (WHAS11/AP) – The National Weather Service says a single, multi-vortex tornado plowed through New Pekin, Henryville, Marysville and Chelsea, Ind. before crossing the Ohio River.

The tornado killed 10 people on its 49-mile path. At its greatest strength it rated EF4 on the enhanced Fujita scale that measures tornadic force and and packed winds of 175 mph.

In Henryville, Indiana, a town of 2,000 residents, very few buildings are left and residents are still trying to figure out what is left of their belongings.   Residents at the meeting said they had plenty of donated food and clothing but were now looking for financial help to rebuild.

State and local officials told about 300 residents of Henryville on Monday that they were committed to ensuring the devastated town gets help, but that it might take several days to get a federal disaster declaration.

At least 7 tornados moved through the Midwest, leaving 40 people killed in 5 states. Twenty-two deaths in Kentucky and thirteen deaths were in Indiana.

Weather service officials said Saturday that the tornado that cut a swath of destruction through Henryville on Friday was on the ground for 49 miles and measured about 150 yards wide. That tornado was an EF-4 on the enhanced Fujita scale that measures tornadic force.

A second, smaller tornado passed through the town, north of Louisville, Ky., a short while later.

Residents are shocked and heart-broken over Friday’s tornadoes and others feel blessed that things were not worse.

At least 7 tornados moved through the Midwest, leaving 40 people killed in 5 states. Twenty-two deaths in Kentucky and thirteen deaths were in Indiana.

For stories, photos, and how you can help, visit Kentuckiana Tornadoes of March 2, 2012 page




 

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