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Storms Rip Maryland, Ohio, Tenn.; 5 Killed

April 29, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

Storms battered the Tennessee and Ohio valleys with tornadoes, high wind and hail before the system headed east. Five deaths were blamed on the storms, including a boy who was swept from his bed.

The system also unleashed a tornado in southern Maryland, authorities said. One man was killed and at least 42 people were injured.

The twister cut a path through the center of LaPlata, ripping roofs off buildings and blowing out windows, a Charles County spokeswoman said. The hospital was hit by the twister, but workers had enough notice to move patients to safe areas, a hospital official said.

In Marble Hill, Mo., near St. Louis, Billy Hoover, 12, was plucked out of bed and dropped about 40 yards away, killing him, authorities said. Four others in the house were unhurt.

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