Deadly tornadoes left behind mountains of debris.March may historically "come in like a lion," but no one could have guessed it would kick off with a string of deadly tornadoes like the ones that lashed ten states yesterday. Incredibly, there have been 95 reports of tornadoes from Friday across the central and southern U.S. The devastation many of these storms have left behind is nothing short of extreme. As far as casualties go, we know that the entire (albeit tiny) town of Marysville, Indiana is "completely gone" and the death toll is at 35 (17 in Kentucky, 14 in Indiana, three in Ohio and one in Alabama).
As many cities and towns attempt to recover, absolutely heartwrenching stories are emerging.
Like one of a man, woman, and their 4-year-old great-grandchild in Chelsea, Indiana. The child and mother were reportedly huddled in a basement when the storm hit and pulled the child out of the woman's hands. The elderly couple's home was blown off its foundation and thrown more than 100 feet. Ugghhh, so so awful.
Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels described the destruction as "heartbreaking" and said, "We're not unfamiliar with mother nature's wrath here in Indiana, but this is about as serious as I've seen in the years I've been in this job."
Not sure how Gov. Daniels feels about climate change, but it seems like the seriousness of these storms is a major clue that we're headed for even wilder, wackier, more devastating weather. After all, here's the truth of the matter: The storm outbreak might be the USA's largest recorded in March, according to the Weather Channel's severe storm expert Greg Forbes.
But whether or not it's a sign that the Earth's beyond repair, the fact remains that storms like these are spawning tragedies galore. And that's something we certainly can't ignore.
Here's some extensive coverage from ABC News covering damage from Indiana to Alabama and Kentucky ...
What do you make of these terrible tornadoes?
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