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Gov. Mike Pence visits central Indiana tornado damage


Tornadoes sweep through Indiana, damaging homes

At least one “large and extremely dangerous” tornado struck near Indianapolis, the state’s capital and largest city, as severe thunderstorms rolled through the region in the late afternoon, the National Weather Service said. A funnel cloud near Van Buren, Ind., moves east before breaking up as storms move through Grant County, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016.

Meteorologist Mike Ryan with the weather service’s Indianapolis office says five tornado touchdowns have been confirmed in central in and two have been confirmed in two northeastern in counties.

(Bruce Robinson via AP). This image made from a video shows a tornado Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016, in Kokomo, Ind.?Multiple tornadoes touched down in central in on Wednesday, tearing the roofs off apartment buildings, sending air conditioners fallin. “We’re seeing significant damage, including poles and power lines that are totally gone, requiring us to completely to rebuild the lines”.

The National Weather Service said an EF3 tornado hit the south side of Kokomo, Indiana, packing winds of up to 165 miles per hour. No one was killed and the dozen injuries reported across IN and OH are only minor. “That’s a miracle”, Pence said.

A woman who talked to us said she watched from her living room window as the tornado went down her street. “I said to myself, ‘If this is my last moment, don’t make it painful’”. You spent your whole life building a house and building a life, and it doesn’t matter where it is; it’s your home.

A tornado outbreak occurred in IN and Ohio Wednesday afternoon and evening.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has been hugging and chatting with people whose homes were destroyed or damaged when a tornado whipped through the city of Kokomo.

Frontman Gene Simmons tweeted that the band’s show in Toledo, Ohio, was stopped briefly Wednesday night during a tornado warning. But surveys were continuing and the storm tally was expected to rise, said Mike Ryan, a weather service meteorologist in Indianapolis. The Howard County Administration Center, Courthouse and Government Center are on a delay and won’t open until noon Thursday.

He says about 220 people stayed overnight in a temporary shelter in Kokomo, about 40 miles north of Indianapolis.

Police have restricted access to storm-damage neighborhoods, saying residents must show identification to officers before entering.

Crews are working to restore power to thousands of residents.

This is not the first time that the city has been hit by a powerful tornado – in November 2013, two twisters caused severe damage. I believe this all happens for a reason. It still has the paper plates on it, she said.

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