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Kentucky Tornadoes 2012: Death Toll Rises From Violent Storms


First Posted: 03/ 3/2012 7:23 am Updated: 03/ 3/2012 12:14 pm

WEST LIBERTY, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky emergency management officials say another body has been found in south-central Kentucky, raising the state's death toll to 17 people killed by violent storms.

Authorities say they found Lizzie Pittman's body in East Bernstadt, Ky., south of Lexington. Her husband Wilburn Pittman also was killed.

More than 30 people have died around the country in Friday's tornado outbreak.

Authorities and emergency rescue crews were still searching Kentucky's hardest hit areas Saturday for possible victims. Approximately 300 people have been injured.

Officials say two people died in Menifee County and two people were killed in Johnson County. Officials say there were two deaths in Lawrence County. Laurel County was the hardest hit with four deaths, while three died in Morgan County and three others were killed in Kenton County.

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Vehicles damaged by a tornado lie in the parking lot of the Henryville Jr./Sr. High School in Henryville, Ind., Saturday, March 3, 2012. A string of violent storms demolished small towns in Indiana and cut off rural communities in Kentucky as an early season tornado outbreak killed more than 30 people, and the death toll rose as daylight broke on Saturday's search for survivors. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
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