2012 Outbreak of Deadly Tornadoes Responsible for 37 Deaths in Midwest and South of The U.S. and Complete Destruction of Some Towns. These violent storms swept through on March 2-4. As of Monday March 5 the number of deaths rose to 39.
Sad News: Baby Angel dies after being blown 16 kilometres away from family by tornado that killed her entire family in New Pekin, southern Indiana. The storms tore through 17 states, stretching from the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes. At one point, about a third of the United States in the south and Midwest, was under a tornado warning. (credit: The Sunday Morning Herald, Australia)
More photos and news.
TIME news: “Marysville, Indiana with a population of about 1,900, was entirely leveled just a few hours after the storm, with much of the town reduced to rubble. The scene is solemn and still as residents pick through what’s left of their belongings. Read more.
TIME reports on March 4, 2012: “A line of tornadoes that swept through the Midwestern and southern U.S. Friday is responsible for at least 37 deaths across four states. Ohio, Alabama, Kentucky and Indiana were pummeled as raging thunderstorms stirred up tornadoes that wiped out entire towns. Among the most devastated areas was southern Indiana, where a strong twister led to extreme damage. “Marysville is completely gone,” said Clark County Sheriff’s Department Maj. Chuck Adams upon surveying the damage Friday afternoon. And videos from residents and news stations alike show just how widespread the destruction was. (video credit: TIME/telegraphtv).
Dr. Uddin’s Note: Compared to 2011 outbreak and over 200 deaths in April-May 2011 this year’s tornado started earlier in the first week of March 2012, which is probably due to seasonal changes in weather pattern. For detailed review and discussions of tornado disaster and its severity scale see an earlier post.