A Miracle: Toddler Found Alive 10 Miles From Her Home After Tornado

It is a miracle: A two-year-old girl has been found alive, alone in a field ten miles from her home in New Pekin, Indiana. Her parents, 3-year-old brother and a 2-month-old sister all died in the violent tornados that have left at least 35 dead in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and Alabama. The 2-year-old girl is now in critical condition at Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.

A number of small towns in the Midwest and South have been simply devastated after the storms. Indiana police describe “whole communities and whole communities” as “completely gone” and nothing remaining in areas but “open space.”

Tornados have also been reported in Missouri, Mississippi, Tennessee, Illinois, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia. The storm system stretched all the way from Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes, so that an estimated 34 million people were at risk to experiencing severe weather according to Mike Hudson of the National Weather Service’s regional office in Kansas City, Missouri. He attributed the cause of the storm to a “clash of the air masses” between Canada’s cool systems and the Gulf of Mexiso’s warm, humid air.

An earlier round of storms had struck on Wednesday and left 14 dead. Friday, when a total of 97 tornados were spotted, will be “perhaps one of the top five for bad weather” in 2012, says Harold Brooks, a research meteorologist at the National Severe Storms Laboratory in Norman, Okla., which is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  There were also 208 reports of strong winds and 410 reports of hail. In Lebanon, Tennessee, hail up to 3 inches in diameter fell, and broke windows.

You can donate to the Red Cross to help those affected by the tornado; you can call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) and also make a $10 donation by texting the word REDCROSS to 90999.

CNN, FEMA and WAVE3 offers more suggestions to help.

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Photo taken on March 3, 2012, in Kentucky, by The National Guard

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Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson3 years ago

poor little baby

Judith H.
Judith H.3 years ago

Poor baby, R.I.P little one.

Amy Biggers
Amy Biggers3 years ago

Rest in peace little darling. All those affected by these storms are in my prayers.

Mari 's
Mari 's3 years ago

Soooo sad :(

Jamie Clemons
Jamie Clemons3 years ago

Oh I didn't know she died. Sorry for the poor babies family.

federico bortoletto

Storia tristissima. Riposa in pace piccola Angel

Donna B.
Donna B.3 years ago

Such a sad story. I heard that she died. Rest in Peace, Little Angel.

Lilithe Magdalene

Oh my god! Prays sent out to that little girl!

Parvez Zuberi
Parvez Zuberi3 years ago

Very sad story

june t.
june t.3 years ago

sad story