One killed, scores hurt by Ohio tornadoes

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Published on May 29, 2019 - Duration: 01:47s

One killed, scores hurt by Ohio tornadoes

A spate of tornadoes has pulverized buildings in western Ohio, killing one person, injuring scores of others and triggering a recovery effort on Tuesday in neighborhoods strewn with the wreckage of homes and snapped trees.

Grace Lee reports.

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One killed, scores hurt by Ohio tornadoes

(SOUNDBITE) (English) SUE TAULBEE, 71, OF BROOKVILLE, OHIO, SAYING: "I was screaming 'Lord help me, Lord help me.''" Sue Taulbee says she was watching TV when she heard the tornado outside her Ohio home.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) SUE TAULBEE, 71, OF BROOKVILLE, OHIO, SAYING: "I got up, slipped on my slippers, grabbed my glasses, went around the bed and was sitting in front of the bed.

By that time, that's when the wall fell.

And I was on the ground.

But I was trapped." She survived the ordeal, though she suffered a head injury.

Her home did not.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) SUE TAULBEE, 71, OF BROOKVILLE, OHIO, SAYING: "My neighbors pulled me out through a hole on the side." The twister was one of several to strike Ohio on Tuesday.

More than 300 tornadoes have ravaged the U.S. Midwest in the last two weeks.

One in Celina, Ohio killed an 81-year-old man, after the winds sent a vehicle crashing into his home.

According to the National Weather Service, at least one of them was packing 140 miles per hour.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) OSCAR BLAIR, JR., OF CLAYTON, OHIO, SAYING: "Just five minutes five minutes and do all this." Oscar Blair's house in Dayton was left barely standing.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) OSCAR BLAIR, JR., OF CLAYTON, OHIO, SAYING: "It sounded like a jet engine just landing right on top of your house.

Then the whole house started shaking and vibrating.

And we just heard a big explosion - that was the glass for all the house getting blown out." Tens of thousands of people in the state have been left without power and officials are advising people to boil water, after water plants and pumps went out of service too.

Extreme weather is wreaking havoc across the U.S. Tornadoes tore through around Kansas City Tuesday night, while Arkansas and Oklahoma braced for more record-breaking floods.

More tornadoes and high water killed three people in Missouri last week and six people in Oklahoma.

Arkansas, Oklahoma and Missouri have all activated National Guard units to respond to the storms.

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