National Guard plays key role in tornado relief
Tornadoes tore through the Midwest and parts of the South on Friday, killing at least 39 people and destroying countless homes. Although the clean up is just beginning, the National Guard has been there since the start, providing vital relief to the hardest-hit towns, USA Today reports.
In Kentucky, about 220 members of the local National Guard were mobilized in response to the powerful storms. About 27 counties throughout the Bluegrass State reported damage from the weather, with 13 of them having spotted tornadoes.
The situation was not much better in Indiana. There, about 250 Guardsman responded. The town of Henryville experienced one of the strongest tornadoes, with winds reaching speeds of up to 175 miles per hour.
"We're not unfamiliar with Mother Nature's wrath here in Indiana, but this is about as serious as I've seen," Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels told the publication.
Despite the dire situation, civilian officials say they were impressed with how quickly the National Guard responded to the disaster. In Kentucky for instance, Guardsmen played an integral role in freeing people who were trapped in the rubble of an auto parts store, American Forces Press Service reports.