The Index-Journal from Greenwood, South Carolina on April 2, 1973 · Page 15
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The Index-Journal from Greenwood, South Carolina · Page 15

Greenwood, South Carolina
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Monday, April 2, 1973
Page 15
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' V . -V I Volunteers Search For Bodies At Night Volunteers from South Corolino communities turroun-ding Abbeville County ond from Elbert County, Co., comb td the wreckage of the Sloton Mottl neor ColKoun Foils in onkle-deep mud eorching for vklimt of the tornodo Sotvr day night. r M - V " V ' - 0 I , 44 1 i 1 ; i 1 . - tj : , -' w - , 4 Motel Ripped From Foundation Vtry lift! debris wot left ot the foundation of the Sloton Motel by o tavoge tornodo which itrvck the establishment neor Colhoun Foil Saturday night. Three persons in the mottl were killed when the entire building wot hurled ocroti highway 72 by the fore of tHe itorm ond dumped into o muddy cotton field. Moit of the cort parked in front of the motel were left in thtir porting ploctt with only minor domogt. Damage In Georgia May Hit $100 Million 1 ' J iwu. -r 7 ; -: - Mote! Wreckage Scattered In Field Remnants of the Slaton Motel near Calhoun Falls lie scattered in a field in the aftermath of a death-dealing tornado which hit the area about 10 o'clock Saturday night. A pair of shoes were placed on a mattress from the motel where three persons died. A large gasoline tank was ripped from its moorings at a service station next to the motel and dumped into the field across the road. t i : - ; ', , i Doll Lies Amid Wreckage A child's doll lies alongside the road and wreckage of a mobile home near Calhoun Falls.. The home was demolished, but none of tfee family injured. What To Do In Event Of Tornado COLUMBIA - the National Weather Service has suggestions on what to do when you learn a tornado is expected. The Weather Bureau points out a tornado watch means tornadoes are expected to develop, while a tornado warning means a tornado has actually been sighted. These are the suggestions: Seek inside shelter, preferably in a tornado cellar, underground excavation fir a steel-framed or reinforced concrete building of substantial construction. In office buildings stand in an interior hallway or a lower basement floor, preferably in the basement. In factories on receiving a tornado warning, post a lookout. Workers should move quickly to the section of the plant offering the greatest protection in accordance with advance plans. In homes, the basement usually offers the greatest safety. Seek shelter under a sturdy workbench or heavy table if possible. In a home with no basement, take cover under heavy furniture, in the center part of the houses Keep some windows open, but stay away from them. House trailers are particularly vulnerable to overturning during strong winds. Trailer parks should have a community leader responsible for constant radio monitoring during threatening weather or during watch periods. 1 In schools, whenever possible, go to an interior hallway on the lowest floor. Avoid auditoriums and gymnasiums or other structures with wide, free-span roofs. In open country, if a building is not of reinforced construction, go quickly to a nearby reinforced building, or to a ravine or open ditch and lie flat. Move away from the tornado's path at a right angle. If there is no time to escape, lie flat in the nearest depression, such as a ditch or ravine. Your radio and television stations will broadcast the latest tornado advisory information. Call the weather service only to report a tornado. By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Massive cleanup operations were under way today as thousands of Georgians began the task of rebuilding in the aftermath of tornadoes that rampaged across the state during the wekend. Relief assistance centers were planning to open at noon today in Jones bo ro, Conyars, Monroe and Athens the hardest hit areas when twisters began touching down Saturday before skipping into South Carolina. At least eight persons have been reported killed in the two states. Gov. Jimmy Carter called the damage from the twisters the "worst natural disaster" to hit Georgia. He estimated damage between $50 million and 1100 million. "I've been in a lot of tornadoes but I've never seen anything quite like this one," said Bill Clack, state assistant director of Civil Defense. "It covered so much territory." Twisters first touched down in Jonesboro before skipping across the state. Two persons were killed in Georgia, hundreds injured and an estimated 5,000 left homeless. Six persons were reported killed in South Carolina in the Abbeville and Calhoun Falls, S C., areas. More than 300 persons were reported Injured in Rockdale, Clayton, Walton and Clarke counties 50 seriously enough to be admitted. About 12 persons were admitted to DeKalb Genaal Hospital Saturday night. A National Weather Service spokesman said the stretch of territory the tornado hit was unusually long and the damage was amazing. The twisters developed and began touching ground so quickly they were not spotted on the service's ra-darscope. Carter said he has asked for federal assistance in the hardest hit areas. He flew over the areas Sunday. He said it was "a miracle no more people were killed." Officials of the U.S. Office of Emergency Preparedness will tour the areas today to assess damage, Carter said. The governor has asked state agencies to send representative to the four relief centers to assist recovery operations and major insurance companies are also being asked to send representatives to help expedite claims. h C'L . ' "' ' 5 ' 'V, i' ; ' ,i " ' ' I X i ", r' ' i ' f ' 1 4; -0 'iw: hi- !i" Ji - , , ,. "viv n v IP- ii:t ' f 3 5. L II t l , J V.-.- . 7Sk. TV-..', Sv tJ ""T- II I Hi T" Ml . a Homes Typical Of Tornado's Destruction The wreckage of these two homes near Calhoun Falls is typical of the niture and personal belongings strewn around the countryside, destruction in the area. Roofs were ripped away, walls crumbled and fur-

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