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Death Toll From Vicious Storms Rises to 39

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Tornadoes that tore through five states across the Midwest and South have killed 39 people as officials continue to assess the damage.

The National Weather Service said that one of the tornadoes in New Pekin, Ind., measured an EF-3 on the Fujita scale and another that hit in Henryville, Ind., measured at an EF-4 with 175 mph winds, according to The Associated Press.

Winter weather has hindered already-difficult cleanup efforts as 2 to 4 inches of snow covered Clark County, which is where the massive tornadoes struck.

"It's slippery and it's hampering visibility on roads, so it's more difficult to see small debris like nails," Emily Norcross, an Indiana homeland security spokeswoman, told the AP. "It's complicating things."

Utility crews offered a number of services in the storm-ravaged Henryville area, including portable cell towers, cellphone charging stations, computers and satellite television, according to the AP.

Some 2,700 people were still without power in Indiana, according to the AP.

Kentucky suffered the largest number of deaths in the vicious storms with 21. Indiana suffered the second-most losses at 13. Ohio's death count hit three, while Alabama and Georgia each had one citizen die.

-- Written by Joe Deaux in New York.

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