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10 years later | Survivors remember the deadly Indiana tornado outbreak of 2012

On March 2, 2012, communities in southern Indiana were forever transformed after an EF-4 tornado tore through, leaving miles of destruction in its wake.

Ben Pine, Chelsea Smith, Courtney Hayden

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Published: 4:46 PM EST March 2, 2022
Updated: 7:42 PM EST March 2, 2022

Nightmare. Worst-case scenario. Those are just some of the words people have used to describe the events of March 2, 2012.

On that date ten years ago, communities in southern Indiana were forever transformed after an EF-4 tornado tore through several towns on a Friday afternoon.

The tornado was on the ground for nearly an hour, covering 49 miles across Indiana and Kentucky with maximum winds of 175 mph. 

From Fredericksburg to Pekin to Henryville and even into Trimble County,  Kentucky, the violent storm ripped up pavement, tossed school buses and destroyed dozens of homes.

Eleven people lost their lives.

Despite the devastation, the events of that day show how communities can rebuild - becoming even stronger than before. We talked to some of the survivors 10 years after the outbreak to see how they remember that day.