Deadly tornadoes tear up US southeast

Keith Huke walks past what remains of his tornado-ravaged home in Harrisburg, Illinois. [Scott Olson/Getty/AFP]
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Keith Huke walks past what remains of his tornado-ravaged home in Harrisburg, Illinois. [Scott Olson/Getty/AFP]

Last Updated: Sun, 4 Mar 2012 11:53:00 +1100

Violent storms and tornadoes raked across a huge swath of the US Midwest and Southeast, killing at least 37 people in four states.

The fast-moving twisters spawned by massive thunderstorms splintered blocks of homes, damaged a prison and schools and tossed vehicles around like toys across the region, killing 18 people in Kentucky, 14 in neighboring Indiana, three in Ohio and one in Alabama, officials said.

"We're not unfamiliar with Mother Nature's wrath out here in Indiana," Governor Mitch Daniels told CNN during a visit to the stricken southeast corner of the state.

"But this is about as serious as we've seen in the years since I've been in this job," he said, standing against the backdrop of the hard hit town of Henryville.

Friday's storms, spanning all the way from the Gulf of Mexico into the Great Lakes, came on top of deadly severe weather earlier in the week in the Midwest, and brought the overall death toll from the unseasonably early storms this week to at least 50 people.

- Reuters

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