Even though it is a risk that many have learned to live with, tornadoes remain hugely damaging natural events. Over the last few days, a chain of tornadoes killed 39 people, as it swept across the Midwest to the Gulf of Mexico.
On Sunday, many of the people living in the U.S. towns and cities hit by the recent chain of tornadoes sat down to count their damages. Homes, schools and even a prison were damaged during the tornadoes, while trees and vehicles didn’t even stand a chance. Kentucky and Indiana accounted for the highest number of victims, with 21 and 13 deaths. Ohio recorded three deaths while Alabama and Georgia reported just one death caused by the heavy storms.
With everything ravaged around them, people in the area of Kentucky and Indiana were warned that Sunday night would bring a snow storm, with the National Weather Service forecasting up to three inches.
According to ABC News the first day the tornadoes ravaged the Midwest resulted in serious damage. By early evening, seven states reported 70 tornadoes. Marysville, Ind. accounted for the hardest hit towns. Clark County Sheriff’s Department Maj. Chuck Adams told reporters the town was “completely gone”. People living in Henryville in Indiana had to survive two tornadoes in a short period of time.
From the first day of the National Weather Service storm forecast became active, Russell Schneider, director of NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center in Oakland, warned that “the risk to property and people is substantial on a widespread outbreak of this variety”.
Officials announced that people in Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee, South Carolina, Missouri, Illinois and Indiana were out of power as electric lines have been damaged during the storms.
One particular death brought the whole drama of the people living through tornadoes upfront. In Southern Indiana, a toddler died Sunday after medics took her off life support. Angel Babcock was discovered in a field and travelled for 28 miles to reach the Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville. During the storm both her parents and two siblings died. The tornado picked up the mobile house the family was sheltering in and dropped it 100 yards further from their original point.