14 die in US tornados, small town gone

Other News Materials 3 March 2012 07:32 (UTC +04:00)

Fourteen people have been killed and several others injured in the southeastern and central United States as 83 tornados swept across the country, Press TV reported.

The National Weather Service said it had received 83 reports of tornados in the affected regions by Friday evening.

Local officials said the whole small town of Marysville in Clark County of the state of Indiana was "gone" and one person was killed in the county. Two people were also killed in the town of Holton, Indiana.

The Homeland Security Department of Indiana said six other people were killed in Jefferson and Scott counties.

Five people were also killed in the state of Kentucky, officials said.

The weather service said the situation is "particularly dangerous" and added that there is the possibility of "destructive tornados, large hail to 2.5 inches (6.4 centimeters), thunderstorm wind gusts to 70 miles (112 kilometers) per hour and dangerous lightening."

According to the weather service, Madison County in the state of Alabama was also hit by tornados and people were "trapped in rubble with injuries."

In addition, six people were injured in the city of Cleveland in the southeastern state of Tennessee, the weather service said.

On Wednesday, six people were killed and more than 100 others injured by a twister in the city of Harrisburg in the state of Illinois.

In 2011, about 545 people were killed by tornados across the United States. According to the National Weather Service, last year was the deadliest tornado season since 1936.