ATKINS, Ark. - Authorities went door-to-door early Wednesday searching for more victims of deadly tornadoes that ripped the roof off a shopping mall and blew apart warehouses as they tore across four states. The Associated Press reported at least 47 fatalities throughout the South.
The dead included 24 people in Tennessee, 13 in Arkansas, and seven in Kentucky, NBC News said. Three were killed in Alabama, emergency officials said. Among the victims were Arkansas parents who died with their 11-year-old in Atkins, about 60 miles northwest of Little Rock.
The family died from trauma when their home â€śtook a direct hitâ€ť from the storm, Pope County Coroner Leonard Krout said....
Wow! I was living in Dayton, Ohio back in the early 70's when a huge tornado plowed through the town of Xenia, just east of us, that killed about 30 people, which was a lot for one tornado. Pin-ball-sized hailstones pelted the houses in our neighborhood but that's about the worst we got from it (thankfully!).
My heart goes out to these victims and expecially to those who lost friends and loved-ones.