Weather calm in US tornado zone where 39 died

Twisters hit Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Alabama, Georgia; lucky escape for 40 at Kentucky school.

By REUTERS
March 4, 2012 12:47
2 minute read.
Tornado damage in New Market, AL

Tornado damage in US 390. (photo credit: REUTERS/Harrison McClary)

 
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CRITTENDEN, KY - Calm weather gave dazed residents of storm-wracked towns a respite early on Sunday as they dug out from a chain of tornadoes that cut a swath of destruction from the Midwest to the Gulf of Mexico, killing at least 39 people.

The fast-moving twisters spawned by massive thunderstorms splintered blocks of homes, damaged schools and a prison, and tossed around vehicles like toys, killing 20 people in Kentucky, 14 in neighboring Indiana, three in Ohio and one in Alabama, officials said. Georgia also reported a storm-related death.

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