Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The Tornadoes in Indiana

You have probably seen in the news over the past few days about the tornadoes that moved across the Midwest and South...

Many of my extended family live in southern Indiana/northern Kentucky.  My parents both grew up in Henryville, the small town which was devastated by two tornadoes, one an F4 which is defined as having winds up to 200 mph.  Aunts and uncles and cousins of mine live in Henryville.  Time.com has a piece here with a few of the stories coming out.  Elaine Dietrich Thoms is my cousin..  her house was leveled by the tornado, as was her parents' home (my aunt and uncle) and her brother John and his family's home.  Everyone survived with no injuries except for Martin (my cousin John's son-in-law mentioned later in the Time article) who has a broken shoulder but is doing well.  They all say they feel grateful they are alive.

We hear the news through another cousin of mine who lives in Louisville...   "Houses have been rented, and we will rebuild!"

Donations to the American Red Cross would be much appreciated.


  1. Thank you for sharing this article, very interesting.

  2. I appreciate your taking time to respond. I've heard from my cousin John. He told us that they got down into the basement and in seconds the crashing and banging started and their big fireplace fell through the floor into the basement right in front of where they were standing, and they could see the sky. They went outside and were making their way to the house down the way and softball size hail started pounding down on them. He says everyone's still shaken quite a bit. We've sent them clothing and household items.


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