Tornadoes level homes in Midwest, South

Hundreds of homes are destroyed and at least 23 people are dead after severe storms plowed through eight states on Sunday.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | April 3, 2006


Hundreds of homes are destroyed and at least 23 people are dead after severe storms plowed through eight states on Sunday.

West Tennessee appeared to sustain some of the most severe damage. That state saw 15 fatalities, with destruction reported in Dyer County and Gibson County, according to local emergency management reports. Local officials have set up a temporary emergency command post. A small community north of Newbern - in Dyer County - was leveled. Damage was also reported in Carroll, Haywood and Fayette counties.

In Missouri, a state of emergency was declared in the southeast city of Caruthersville after a tornado caused what emergency officials are calling "heavy damage." Circle City reported significant damage as well.

Rural Kentucky - particularly Christian County - also reported damages. Rescue workers were trying to access roads blocked by downed power lines and trees. At least 36 people were injured in a tornado near Hopkinsville in Christian County.

Wind gusts of 81-mph and tornadoes were reported in Illinois, Arkansas, Ohio and Indiana as well. One twister hit Springfield, Illinois - also hit by the March 12 tornado outbreak last month. In Marmaduke, Ark., a large section of town was destroyed. About half the town was evacuated because of a gas leak after tornadoes and softball-sized hail moved through the region. In Ohio, nearly every southwestern county reported damage.

Hundreds of thousands of people in the region were without power Monday morning.

Assessments were ongoing Monday morning as rescue workers search through rubble in many locations.


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