Clean Up Continues in Tornado Ravages States
The Midwest is still in the line of fire this morning after getting hammered by that deadly batch of tornadoes this week. Another person has died, bringing the toll to 13.
As shell-shocked residents comb through their shredded belongings, another wave of violent storms is looming.
ABC's Tahman Bradley reports...
Overnight, the severely battered Midwest and South waited for round two. Meteorologists say the storms expected today could be worse than the system that left behind this path of destruction.
At least 33 tornados touched down in 7 states, across 750 miles. More than a dozen people were killed.
Survivors are picking up the pieces of their shattered lives: photos of children, a family Bible, a child's teddy bear.
They're also grieving the loss of loved ones.
Sheila Skaggs said, "My parents have known each other since they were 12 years old. And my mother passed away here, over there (cries)."
Amanda Patrick was caught in what authorities believe was a tornado with winds near 170 miles an hour. She lived, but her friends did not.
Patrick said, "I knelt on my knees I just asked got to see me through (cries)."
Dale Barnfield lost his home and his dog is missing. He said, "I don't know where she's at. Hope she ain't in one of these piles of rubble."
President Obama called the governors of six states yesterday afternoon to offer assistance. Four states are under a state of emergency with millions in the danger zone.
The tornados contributed to a total so far for January and February of 115 tornados, which is approximately 50 percent more than what we normally would see for this time of year.
At least 9 states face a threat of severe weather. The danger looms large from the Ohio valley into the deep south.
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