3 dead in Ohio storm, possible tornadoes

By JoANNE VIVIANO | March 3, 2012 | 5:45 AM EST

A gas station that was under construction is destroyed after a tornado hit the village of Moscow, Ohio, Friday, March 2, 2012. Powerful storms stretching from the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes flattened buildings in several states, wrecked two Indiana towns and bred anxiety across a wide swath of the country in the second powerful tornado outbreak this week. (AP Photo/David Kohl)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a third person died in storms in southwest Ohio, where National Weather Service reports say several possible tornados touched down.

Clermont County spokeswoman Kathy Lehr identified the latest victim as 58-year-old Bill Adkins of Bethel.

On Friday, 64-year-old Carol Forsee, a Moscow Village Council member, was found dead in her home in Moscow. Fifty-four-year-old James Prater was found dead in his mobile home in Bethel, about 35 miles southeast of Cincinnati. .

She says about 60 homes in Moscow were damaged; some have only their foundations left. In Bethel, at least 25 homes were damaged, including at least four that are considered a total loss.

The National Weather Service received reports of possible tornados in at least six different Ohio cities and towns, as storms tore across the state as part of a system stretching from the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes.