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Recovery Process Begins in Twister's Aftermath

November 6, 2005 -- Posted at 3:09 p.m. CST; Updated November 7, 9:29 a.m. CST

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) _ Residents of Kentucky and Indiana are
beginning the process of recovering from a tornado that wrecked
homes and killed 22 people.

In Kentucky, Ellis Park race track spokeswoman Julie Koenig
says the facility took ``quite a beating,'' but the harness racing track
can be repaired. Koenig says one horse died in the tornado and
two others had to be euthanized due to the severity
of their injuries.

In Evansville, Indiana, resident Amy Lamastus says she was
sleeping when the twister roared through the community.
Lamastus says the house was shaking and glass broke.
When it was all over, her deck was on her car and structures
across the street had disappeared.

EVANSVILLE (AP) _ The search for tornado victims in Evansville,
Indiana, will resume as soon as daylight comes.

At least 22 people are known dead after a storm roared through
the city early Sunday morning. Seventeen were killed at a mobile
home park. Five died in Warrick County, east of Evansville. About
200 people were injured.

State officials say sirens sounded twice, but many in the mobile
home park say they did not hear them. Most people were sleeping.

Vanderburgh County once considered installing a warning system
that would automatically place telephone calls to homes in a
tornado warning area. But the price tag was in the (m) millions of
dollars.

A local fire chief says the county might reconsider such a
system.

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) _ An Indiana man says he heard ``a big
kaboom'' and then everything around him shattered and collapsed.

Steve Sublett is among dozens of people who lost their homes
this morning when a tornado ripped through a mobile home park in
Evansville.

Officials say at least 20 people were killed in the region, but
that number is expected to grow because people still could be
trapped in the debris.

A meteorologist with the National Weather Service says it
appears a single, intense tornado touched down in northwestern
Kentucky and then cut a 15- to 20-mile swath through Indiana's
Vanderburgh and Warrick counties.

He says the tornado appears to have been an F-3 on the Fujita
scale, with winds up to 206 miles-per-hour.

On the web: Live, local coverage from our corporate, sister-station in Evansville, WFIE-TV, channel 14.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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