Violent storms kill 29, death toll could rise

Violent storms kill 29, death toll could rise

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HENRYVILLE, IN - MARCH 03: The foundation of a home is all that remains after it was destroyed by yesterday's tornado March 3, 2012 in Henryville, Indiana. Dozens of people were killed as severe weather and tornados ripped through the South and Midwest yesterday. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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Associated Press

Posted on March 3, 2012 at 7:03 AM

Updated Saturday, Mar 3 at 11:22 AM

HENRYVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Massive thunderstorms, predicted for days, threw off dozens of tornadoes as they raced from the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes, obliterating entire Indiana towns and killing at least 29 people in three states.

Some rural communities in Kentucky remain cut off and the lack of electricity is making search and rescue more difficult. Authorities fear what dawn may reveal and say the death toll may rise.

Twisters crushed entire blocks of homes, knocked out cellphones and landlines alike, ripped power lines from broken poles and tossed cars, school buses and tractor-trailers onto roadways made impassable by debris.

Both the scale of the devastation and the breadth of the storms made an immediate assessment of the havoc's full extent all but impossible.

Indiana reports at least 14 dead along with a dozen in Kentucky and three in Ohio.

Sound: various and pursuing

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