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A multitude of tornadoes in the South and Midwest has left at least 31 people dead in Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio.
According to officials, the process to find the missing has been painstaking and the death toll is likely to rise.
“The worst-case scenario happened for us,” said Ind. State Police Sgt. Jerry Goodlin. “We had multiple tornadoes. It happened all of a sudden. … We knew there was a possibility that this was going to happen. We were trying to prepare. But you can’t prepare for this. There’s no way that you can prepare for something like this happening.”
Without cell phones, Internet or electricity in use, finding the missing people is not easy. Law enforcement personnel spent the night searching dark country roads for hundreds of miles.
Amanda Patrick, of Harrisburg, Ala., survived by climbing into her bathtub just before the tornadoes hit. Considering herself blessed, Patrick had thought the sirens were part of her dream and awoke just in the nick of time.
“I’m not crying as much now. I’m here right now, standing,” she said. “Now, I will get up every time I hear a siren.”