State of Emergency Declared in Indiana and Kentucky, as Clean-Up Efforts Continue


A series of violent storms and tornadoes have wreaked havoc on several states, including Indiana (14 dead so far) and Kentucky (19 dead so far). The numbers keep rising as rescue workers continue to find more victims — and that's not counting the staggering numbers of people injured and property destroyed.

The scope of these storms may, in fact, be record-breaking.

The storm outbreak has the potential to be the USA's largest ever recorded in March, Weather Channel severe storm expert Greg Forbes said. As of Saturday morning, the Storm Prediction Center had received 95 reports of tornadoes from Friday across the central and southern USA.

Rescue workers have a lot of work ahead of them, particularly in places like Henryville, Indiana, where the tornado "tore off roofs, flattened homes, and overturned vehicles." An empty school bus was flung into a building across the street from the high school.

Sgt. Jerry Goodin of the Indiana State Police recalled assisting in rescue efforts in Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. "Obviously it's not as widespread, but in the areas that are hit, the devastation is as bad, if not worse than what we had down there," he said.

While one hopes the worst is over, tornado watches have remained in effect for parts of Georgia, Alabama, and Florida.

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