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Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels said that "Mother Nature has dealt harshly with Indiana" in a statement Friday. He says humans "are no match for Mother Nature at her worst" despite advances in disaster preparedness, warning systems and responder communications.

tornado wdrb3.jpgU.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks Friday regarding the severe storms that hit Kentucky:

"Elaine and I are praying for the families of the victims and to all those who have been affected by these terrible storms that hit Kentucky over the past two days. My office has been in contact with the Governor's office and I will continue to closely follow developments to help wherever we can. Finally, I want to extend my gratitude to the first responders, including the Kentucky National Guard, who are providing the much-needed response and relief."

You can help:  The American Red Cross will collect monetary donations at the KFC Yum Center on Saturday night before the Jimmy Buffet concert to benefit the Kentucky and Indiana victims of Friday’s tornadoes.  Volunteers will have collection points set up on the plaza at 5 p.m. Cash and checks will be accepted.

Kroger stores throughout the region are also teaming up with the American Red Cross as collection points for cash donations to the American Red Cross Disaster Fund.  Customers can donate any amount they wish as they purchase groceries. Their donation will be added to their total and will be listed on their receipt.

Northeast Christian Church is taking donations to help Henryville. They are accepting bottled water, non-perishable food, clothes, blankets to be donated to Red Cross. (Address: 9900 Brownsboro Road Louisville, KY 40241)

Rocky’s Sub Pub will donate a portion of sales from the weekend, including Friday night, directly to the American Red Cross and their relief effort for Washington County, Henryville, Charlestown and other surrounding communities affected by the tornadoes.

Video of Southern Indiana tornado, taken from Memphis Indiana 15 miles north of Louisville. Video shot facing North.

Henryville, Indiana flattened by storms

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At various times I have been a student, a soldier, a college Political Science teacher, a political campaign treasurer, and legal adviser to Louisville's Police Department and Board of Aldermen. I now practice law and share my political opinions with anyone who will listen.
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