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Henryville school slammed by early season tornadoes

C.E. Branham / The News and Tribune via AP

A school bus is crushed into a business on the east side of U.S. 31 in Henryville, Ind., after powerful storms stretching from the U.S. Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes in the north wrecked two small towns and killed at least eight people Friday, March 2.

C.E. Branham / The News and Tribune via AP

Fireman examine damage at a school in Henryville, Ind., after powerful storms stretching from the U.S. Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes in the north wrecked two small towns and killed at least eight people on March 2.

Severe storms and tear through the midwest and southern states.

At least six people were confirmed dead in two southern Indiana counties, and there were reports of three other possible tornado-related deaths, including one in the town of Henryville, where television images showed homes blown apart.  

Major Chuck Adams of the Clark County Sheriff's office said there was extensive damage to a school in Henryville, but added: "All the children are out. No injuries to any of them, just minor scrapes and abrasions."

Storm warnings were issued from the Midwest to the Southeast. Schools, government offices and businesses closed ahead of the storms, which came after a series of tornadoes earlier in the week killed 13 people in Kansas, Missouri, Illinois and Tennessee.

-- The Associated Press

Courtesy of Evan Bentley

This tornado spotted two miles west of Henryville, Ind. before it crossed I-65 around noon on March 2.