Tornadoes sweep across the southern United States, 1 dead, homes damaged

SHOALS, Ind. –

A tornado hit a home, killing one occupant and injuring another as severe weather hit parts of Indiana, Tennessee and other states, an official said.

The tornado that hit the home Sunday night was part of a storm system that has swept through Martin County, WXIN-TV reported.

Martin County Emergency Management Director Cameron Wolf confirmed the deaths and injuries, according to WXIN, which reported that the home was located in a rural area where many trees were knocked down by high winds.

Martin County emergency management officials did not immediately respond to an email from the Associated Press seeking more information on casualties and the extent of the storm’s damage.

The town of Shoals, the capital of Martin County, is approximately 85 miles (137 km) southwest of Indianapolis and 80 miles (128 km) northwest of Louisville, Kentucky.

The Indianapolis Star reported a tornado also made landfall in Johnson County, south of Indianapolis.

Michael Pruitt, deputy fire chief for Bargersville, Indiana, told the newspaper the search and rescue operation did not find any tornado-related deaths or injuries in Johnson County after the department Firefighters received a call about a structural collapse at around 4:15pm

The tornado caused damage in a 4-mile (6 km) area between Interstate 69 and Indiana 135 and lasted about 15 minutes. Mr. Pruitt said damage to homes and roofs and downed power lines could leave power supplies inadequate for days.

In Memphis, Tennessee, a utility company reported about 120,000 homes and businesses without power on Sunday as storms brought strong winds toppling trees and causing other damage.


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