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One person killed in southern Indiana in second day of wild weather


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(CNN) -- Severe storms and tornadoes swept through several states Sunday, killing one person, smashing homes and downing trees and power lines, authorities said.

The fatality was in Marengo in southern Indiana, where a tornado also caused several injuries, the Crawford County Sheriff's Department said. The victim was not identified.

Much of the damage was centered on State Highway 66, authorities said. Aerial views showed the roofs blown off several houses and large areas strewn with debris.

At least seven tornadoes were reported in and near southern Indianapolis, the National Weather Service said. The severe weather hindered the crowd leaving the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

"[There are] a lot of houses damaged, trees down, shopping centers with roofs peeled back," said Alden Taylor, spokesman for the state Emergency Management Agency. He said he saw one of the funnel clouds on television.

He said it had rained in the city all day, but the storms intensified by midafternoon.

Water was seen shooting from the Friendship Health Care Center, a nursing home where the roof was sheared off. The patients were evacuated, according to the daughter of one. Her mother was hospitalized.

"The windows and the whole middle part where you enter was just destructed -- the top part where there's no roof -- took the roof off," the daughter said.

A string of twisters also ravaged north-central Kentucky and southern Indiana.

A state trooper saw a tornado on the ground in southern Washington County, Indiana, said a spokesman for the Indiana State Police in Sellersburg.

In Harrison County, Kentucky, witnesses reported wind damage and debris.

"I've seen a lot of trees down. It hit a building and took out the back part of the building," said a caller to local TV station WHAS.

"I heard transformers blowing up. The wind picked up heavy trees. It was crazy. It was just a lot of debris."

Severe storm damage was reported in the St. Louis, Missouri, area and in Louisville, Kentucky. A tornado touched down about 4 p.m. in Ballardsville, just north of Louisville.

The Weather Service had issued tornado warnings from eastern Texas north to Wisconsin and Minneapolis, Minnesota, and east to Ohio, and from the middle Mississippi River Valley to the Ohio River Valley, said CNN meteorologist Jacqui Jeras.

The storms came a day after 92 tornadoes touched down across a seven-state swath of the nation's midsection, killing three people.

Three people were killed and four homes were destroyed in Missouri's rural DeKalb County on Saturday, according to a spokeswoman for the sheriff's department.

Other touchdowns were reported in Kansas and Oklahoma, where more homes were damaged and the powerful storms dropped baseball-sized hail. Emergency agencies declared localized disaster areas in some parts of Kansas.

But for the most part, damage was light in Nebraska, Kansas, North and South Dakota, Oklahoma, Missouri and Mississippi despite the severity of the storms.

The largest number of tornadoes to touch down in any 24-hour period came in what is known as "The Super Outbreak," which began in the afternoon of April 3, 1974, and continued for 23 hours.

In that Super Outbreak, 148 tornadoes were reported in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, New York and Ontario, Canada.

Forty-nine of the twisters were "killer" storms, killing 315 people and injuring more than 5,000.

More than six tornadoes in one day would be considered an outbreak.


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