A powerful storm system has hit America's midwest and south, spawning a rash of powerful tornadoes that have taken at least 28 lives, blown down buildings and caused terror across a broad swath of the country.
At least 28 people were killed, including 14 in Indiana and 12 in Kentucky, authorities said. In Indiana, Marysville was leveled and nearby Henryville also suffered extreme damage. Each is home to about 2,000 people.
The severe weather moved across the centre of the US from Georgia to Ohio, triggering massive thunderstorms and reports of tornadoes touching down and causing mayhem. By Friday afternoon there were 19 tornado warnings in six states. It followed an outbreak of tornadoes earlier this week that killed 13 people in roughly the same region.
Indiana authorities say 14 people have been killed by tornadoes that ripped through the southern portion of the state.
Officials said the small hamlet of Marysville in the south had taken the brunt of the storm. It was "completely gone", Clark county sheriff major Chuck Adams told the Associated Press.
Local homeland security medical teams were being dispatched to assess the situation. The National Weather Service said it was tracking "extreme damage" in nearby Henrysville.
The powerful storm system was also causing problems in states far to the south, including Alabama and Tennessee where dozens of houses were damaged. The outbreak comes two days after a round of storms killed 13 people in the midwest and 0south.http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/mar/0...m?newsfeed=true