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BREAKING WX 12N 6-12-08 Iowa Twister Hits Little Sioux Scout Ranch: 4 Scouts Killed; 48 Injured
Thursday, Jun 12, 2008 9:29am

LITTLE SIOUX, IOWA  From CNN  (By: Tom Pace, Talk of the Town) BREAKING SEVERE WX UPDATE  12N 6-12-08  Mother Nature's fury Wednesday night lasted 8 seconds, leaving four Boy Scouts killed, and 48 others injured at the Little Sioux Scout Ranch in western Iowa. 

Camper Ben Karschner said it was over quickly. "Eight seconds, and the tornado passed. That was like the longest eight seconds I've ever had," he told CNN affiliate KETV in Omaha. 

T
homas White, an 18-year-old Eagle Scout and staff member, said he lay on the ground with several of the younger Scouts as the tornado roared through. 

"The grace of God helped us for sure," he said.  Logsdon said one of his friends was among the four killed.  

In what Iowa Gov. Chet Culver called "a blow right to the gut" Thursday morning, the storm killed four Boy Scouts and sent dozens of others to hospitals.

The tornado at the Little Sioux Scout Ranch killed Josh Fennen, 13; Sam Thomsen, 13, and Ben Petrzilka, 14, all of Omaha, Nebraska; and Aaron Eilerts, 14, of Eagle Grove, Iowa, who was a camp staff member, said Gene Meyer, Iowa public safety commissioner. 

Forty-eight Scouts and staff members were injured.

Possible tornadoes also struck northeastern Kansas, killing at least two people, injuring many others and damaging buildings at Kansas State University.  

Broken trees and tattered remnants of tents were scattered throughout the Boy Scout campground, midway between Sioux City, Iowa, and Omaha, Nebraska. 
Nothing was left of a bunkhouse where Scouts had sought shelter and where a collapsed chimney trapped several victims


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