March 5, 2012

Midwest Storms

A closer look at the damage done in Henryville, Indiana.

Gary:You know, we have seen the video all over the news, the pictures all over the internet, and I have to say the damage you see on TV is nothing — nothing compared to the destruction that we are seeing with our own eyes.

Eve: After two days I’m still just completely in shock. I don’t know what to think of it. It’s awful.

Gary: Mangled cars, crushed trees, and only huge piles of rubble where an entire neighborhood once stood. At least three dozen people were killed by the powerful storm system that swept through the Midwest on Friday.

“It feels like a dream. Everybody is depressed, but I think if we all stick together we’ll get through this.”

Gary: More than eighty tornadoes were reported in just one day – that is as many as usually are reported in an entire month. Within a short time, two tornadoes hit the town of Henryville, Indiana. One was rated an intense EF-4, with winds roaring at up to 175 miles per hour.

The roof of the high school was torn off but students had just been evacuated.

“It’s gone. The whole new wing we built is gone. I’ve seen pictures of the gym and the front office where I used to walk in every morning and it’s just destroyed.”

Gary: Ashtyn Kaskie hid out in her basement during the storm.

Ashtyn Kaskie: The whole house was rattling. You could hear everything just being torn up and broken and hit.

Gary: The National Weather Service says the first tornado measured about 150 yards across — that is the length of one and half football fields. It was on the ground for nearly an hour. Some Henryville students say all they have left are memories.

“I’ve always wanted to finish up my senior year at Henryville but I don’t know that it’s gonna happen anymore.”

“At this moment we don’t know where we’re going to go. Hopefully we just stay together.”

Gary: Residents here are hoping the deadly start to tornado season doesn’t signal another year like 2011 when 550 people across the U.S. were killed — the deadliest year in almost a century.


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