More Storms Hitting Several States

By: CHARLES WILSON - Associated Press Writer
By: CHARLES WILSON - Associated Press Writer

Oklahoma authorities say a three-year-old boy who went missing when a tornado struck his home earlier this week is the state's tenth storm-related fatality.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol Capt. Chris West says Ryan Hamil's body was found Thursday morning along the shore in Lake Falcon, near the boy's home in Piedmont. He says Ryan's body was likely washed ashore by changing currents.

The boy's 15-month-old brother, Cole, was also killed in the storm and his mother and sister are hospitalized with injuries.

The children's grandmother, Debra Hamil, says the boys' mother and sister are doing well and are expected to recover.

Meanwhile, in storm-weary middle America, many people are counting themselves fortunate after powerful storms hit the region for the third time in four days but apparently claimed no lives.

Dozens of people were injured and homes were destroyed when tornadoes and thunderstorms hit Indiana, Illinois, Missouri and other states Wednesday evening.

In southern Indiana, neighbors were using flashlights to check on each other and their homes after winds overturned two mobile homes near Bloomington. Emergency crews were working overnight to clear uprooted trees and downed power lines after a tornado touched down about 25 miles south near Bedford.

The storms followed a deadly outbreak Tuesday in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Kansas that killed at least 16 people. On Sunday, the nation's deadliest single tornado since 1950 killed 125 in southwest Missouri.

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