Only part of the front and the altar of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Rigdway, Ill. remains standing a couple of days after it was hit by a tornado. (Photo: Abel Uribe, Chicago Tribune/ March 3, 2012 )
A powerful storm system stretching across a dozen states in the Midwest and the South brought on between 80 to 100 tornadoes. The tornadoes ripped up trees and buildings, leveled entire towns and killed a total of 39 people: 21 in Kentucky, 13 in Indiana, three in Ohio and one each in Alabama and Georgia. In total, 17 million people were in the path of the storm system.
Lord have mercy.