A powerful storm system stretching across a dozen states in the Midwest and the South brought on between 80 to 100 tornadoes over the weekend, leveling entire towns and killing 39 people. In total, 17 million people were affected by the storms. The town of Henryville, Indiana was among one of the hardest hit when an "EF4" level tornado with windspeeds of over 175 miles-per-hour tore through the town.
Cary Stemle is a freelance writer living in Clarksville, Indiana, 19 miles away from Henryville. Indiana State Police Sergeant Jerry Goodin is the public information officer for the district.