The National Weather Service has begun the long process of investigating all the damage done by the violent storms that blasted through the Midwest and South Friday. So far it has classified four tornadoes in Kentucky, which were the worst in the region in 24 years. In Indiana, an EF-4 tornado with 175 mph winds hit the town of Henryville.
The weather service issued nearly 300 tornado warnings from Friday through early Saturday. The storms killed at least 38 people in five states.
Survivors are still shaken. Amid the flattened homes and buildings in Henryville, IN, clean up has not yet begun because volunteers are still looking for survivors.
Authorities say a toddler found in an Indiana field following severe storms is the only survivor in her family. The parents and two siblings of the toddler, identified as Angel Babcock, were killed. A spokeswoman from the hospital where she was admitted says she remains in critical condition surrounded by extended family.
The highest death toll is currently in Kentucky where 19 people were confirmed dead after Friday’s tornadoes. More than 200 were injured. Morgan County, about 70 miles east of Lexington, is among the hardest hit areas.
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Friday was the second major tornado outbreak in less than three days. On Wednesday, parts of Missouri and Illinois were hit hard. American Red Cross disaster teams are working in several spots providing shelter, food, and counseling. Fresh volunteers from St. Louis headed to Harrisburg and Ridgeway, Illinois this weekend, as those who were first on the scene returned home.
More coverage: Local Red Cross Helping In Harrisburg, IL
Also in Harrisburg, many gathered to pay their respects to those who died in Wednesday’s tornado. People lined up more than an hour before the first of the six victims’ funerals began. Whether the mourners actually knew the victims didn't matter; they simply wanted the victims' families to know, they shared in their loss.