At least 27 people were killed and a city completely destroyed in the central United States by more than 80 tornadoes on Friday, just days after a previous wave of storms that had killed 13 people in the country.
Trucks were swept like straws in lakes, houses were completely destroyed and buildings destroyed by the tornadoes that hit eight states in the center of the United States.
The National Weather Service reported that it received 83 alerts in the tornado for the single day of Friday, bringing the total to 133 since the beginning of the week.
The situation of the city of Marysville, Ind., authorities particularly worried Friday night. “The telephone information were that the city of Marysville is gone,” said a spokesman for the police, Chuck Adams.
Indiana, the state most affected
According to local authorities, 13 people died in the only state of Indiana, 12 in the Kentucky and two in Ohio. Initially authorities had reported seven dead before seeing the results on the rise with 14 deaths.
“Initial reports indicate that most damage is concentrated in the southwestern Indiana, with particularly serious damage” in the communities of Henryville, Marysville, New Pekin and Beijing, according to a statement of joint information center of Indiana.
In the night, rescuers were searching for survivors in towns hit by tornadoes.
The balance of the series of tornadoes that had hit the center of the United States had risen to 13 dead earlier this week.
Some 545 people were killed in 2011 in the United States as a result of tornadoes, the highest since 1936, according to the National Weather Service.