- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 5, 2008

MOSCOW, Ind. (AP) | Tornadoes ripped through this central state community and skipped over National Guard barracks full of sleeping soldiers as thunderstorms battered the Ohio Valley, authorities said Wednesday.

One person died in flooding caused by thunderstorms during the night in West Virginia.

More thunderstorms streamed across the Midwest and to the Mid-Atlantic region Wednesday, and the National Weather Service issued tornado warnings for West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle and adjacent parts of Virginia.

Flash flood warnings were posted for parts of Indiana, where the Weather Service said as much as 5 inches of rain had fallen in 24 hours and an additional 1.5 inches of rain was possible.

One tornado battered Moscow, a community of about 80 residents about 35 miles southeast of Indianapolis. It destroyed one house, damaged four or five others and knocked down trees and utility lines, officials said. State officials said another house was destroyed in Greene County, and aerial coverage showed some rural farm houses had been leveled.

One woman was in critical condition after being impaled in the upper chest by a 3-inch-diameter tree limb, said Charles Smith, chief of the Posey Township Volunteer Fire Department. He helped rescue her from storm debris.

“Her house was gone, along the side of the river bank. There’s nothing left of it,” he said. “She didn’t talk, but she was moaning. I just hope she makes it.”

The twister late Tuesday also destroyed a 19th-century covered bridge and ripped the top floor and roof from an old four-story brick schoolhouse.

Authorities closed roads into Moscow on Wednesday as heavy rain and lightning continued. Many nearby roads and fields were flooded and others were strewn with downed power lines, fallen tree limbs and other debris.

Another tornado damaged 40 buildings at the Indiana National Guard’s Camp Atterbury, about 25 miles south of Indianapolis. Two soldiers suffered minor injuries as they sought shelter, camp spokesman Capt. Greg Lundeberg said.

More than 2,000 troops are at the camp, including a Marine unit training for deployment to Iraq, and the tornado skipped over buildings where they were sleeping, Capt. Lundeberg said.

Flash flooding was reported in parts of Indiana on Wednesday and firefighters in Randolph County had been out since 4 a.m. rescuing people, Sheriff Jay Harris said. Most roads in the county’s southern half were closed except for emergency vehicles

In Ohio, Weather Service meteorologist Andy Hatzos in Wilmington said countless funnel clouds had been reported by early Wednesday, but no tornadoes had been confirmed.

Rain fell at a rate of 2 inches an hour in parts of Ohio, the Weather Service said. Flooding was reported in several communities around Dayton. About 24,000 Duke Energy customers in the Cincinnati area lost power but most were back on line Wednesday, the company said.

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