Central US Struck by Deadly Storms 

By Phaedra Fernflores 

March 24, 2024

During the week of March 15, 2024, huge storms struck Central US states Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and Arkansas. These storms brought tornadoes that destroyed homes and even entire communities.  Civilians are trying to recover from these tornadoes as there is much cleanup to be done in the aftermath of the mass destruction these tornadoes caused. 

Houses were ripped to shreds, and some roofs were entirely blown off. Ohio resident Blaine Schmidt was only able to save his guitar and a bundle of diapers from the tornadoes, telling journalists from The Kansas City Star he was “lucky to be alive.” Others however, were severely injured, and 3 died as a result of the storm. 

Near Indian Lake in Ohio, the neighborhood of Lakeview was “completely demolished,” according to Amber Fagan, the president of the Indian Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. Shelters were open for those with destroyed homes, and even a high school that had electricity was open to all who needed a warm and dry place to stay. 

Many neighborhoods put in a joint effort to clean up, helping each other recoup their losses. A sense of community is probably the only good thing to come from a natural disaster such as this one. When the citizens of these destroyed neighborhoods needed help cleaning up their wrecked homes, they were all there for each other. When things like this do occur it is important and crucial to look out for all family, friends, and neighbors. 

Lakeview, Ohio after Tornado ripped through and destroyed many of its homes. (Photo credit: Timothy D. Easley/AP)