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Severe storms batter 3 states

Tornadoes ripped through this central Indiana community and skipped over National Guard barracks full of sleeping soldiers as thunderstorms battered the Ohio Valley, authorities said Wednesday.

One person died in flooding caused by thunderstorms during the night in West Virginia.

More thunderstorms streamed across the Midwest and to the mid-Atlantic region Wednesday.

Flash flood warnings were posted for parts of Indiana, where the weather service said as much as 5 inches of rain had fallen in 24 hours.

One tornado battered Moscow, a community about 35 miles southeast of Indianapolis. It destroyed one house, damaged others and knocked down trees and utility lines, officials said.

One woman was in critical condition after being impaled in the upper chest by a 3-inch-diameter tree limb, said Charles Smith, chief of the Posey Township Volunteer Fire Department. He helped rescue her from storm debris.

“Her house was gone, along the side of the river bank. There's nothing left of it,” he said. “She didn't talk, but she was moaning. I just hope she makes it.”

The twister late Tuesday also destroyed a 19th-century covered bridge.

Another tornado damaged 40 buildings at the Indiana National Guard's Camp Atterbury, near Indianapolis. Two soldiers suffered minor injuries, camp spokesman Capt. Greg Lundeberg said. More than 2,000 troops are at the camp, and the tornado skipped over buildings where they were sleeping, Lundeberg said.

Flash flooding was reported in parts of Indiana on Wednesday and firefighters in Randolph County had been out since 4 a.m. rescuing people, Sheriff Jay Harris said.

About 24,000 Duke Energy customers in the Cincinnati area lost power but most were back on line Wednesday, the company said.

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