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15 die as tornado rips across Indiana.

A tornado ripped across southwestern Indiana and northern Kentucky yesterday, killing at least 15 people, wrecking homes and knocking out power to thousands, authorities said.

The tornado touched down near Henderson, Kentucky, and jumped the Ohio River into Indiana.

Indiana homeland security spokeswoman Pam Bright said 15 deaths had been confirmed in the state's southwest corner around Evansville.

Of those killed, Bright said ten people died on the southeast side of Evansville in the Eastbrook Mobile Home Park, and that victims were still being pulled from the debris.

Bright said the park, with about 350 homes, was devastated by the twister.

"Five others were confirmed dead in adjoining Warrick County, east of Evansville, where the Ohio River city of Newburgh was struck, Bright said.

The tornado developed in a line of thunderstorms that rolled rapidly eastward across the Ohio Valley during the morning.

The damage path in Newburgh, eight miles east of Evansville, was about three-quarters of a mile wide and roughly 20 miles long.

Twenty five thousand homes were without power. There also were reports of gas leaks
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Date:Nov 7, 2005
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