Snowfall Adding to Misery of Tornado Devastation - NECN

Snowfall Adding to Misery of Tornado Devastation



    Snowfall adding to misery of tornado devastation

    Cleanup efforts in places like Henryville, Ind. have been hampered by Monday's snowfall (Published Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014)

    (NECN/NBC News: Chris Clackum) - A winter storm Monday is adding to the misery of people already devastated by the tornados of last Friday and Saturday.

    This is all while the cleanup and incredible tales of survival continue.

    “I felt the whole house just get sucked up into the twister," said tornado survivor Jason Miller who is in the hospital with a half dozen broken bones.

    He was tossed into the air by one of the twisters that leveled hundreds of homes in southern Indiana Friday.

    “I do remember looking down and thinking I got to be 50 feet up," Miller said.

    He survived, but five members of the neighboring Babcock family, who had huddled inside his house for safety, did not, including a 15-month-old Angel who succumbed to her injuries Sunday.

    The Babcocks were among the 39 people killed in what may have been as many as 80 tornados that also hit hard in Kentucky, Ohio and several southern states Friday into Saturday.

    "When you're down here and you see this total devastation that we have here, it's only the grace of god that we don't have hundreds of fatalities," said Sgt. Jerry Goodin of the Indiana state police.

    Snowfall was hampering cleanup efforts in Henryville, Ind. Monday.

    The snowfall followed the powerful ef-4 twister that demolished much of the town and the grade school building.

    “The local school cooperation has decided that they will be out this week, very understandably," said Tony Bennett, Indiana superintendent of public instruction.

    It was the largest tornado outbreak ever recorded for the month of March but hopefully not a foreshadowing of the weather to come.