Powerful storms destroy homes, damage buildings in Indiana
Grant County Emergency Management Director Bruce Bender says one person was injured when two or three mobile homes rolled over at the Summit Village Trailer Park. Bender says four homes have been damaged, including two extensively between Marion and the town of Sweetser.
In Kokomo, the Salvation Army has opened a shelter at 1101 South Waugh Road.
So far, no deaths have been reported in Indiana, but the death toll is climbing in Illinois, as emergency management officials continue to receive reports from the field about the casualties and damage caused by the massive storm system that wreaked havoc across the state before traveling into Indiana.
Six deaths were reported late Sunday night by NBC News, citing Illinois EMA sources.
Lebanon and Kokomo were particularly hard hit, with significant damage to buildings and vehicles. At State Road 39 and I-65, the Starbucks in Lebanon had its windows blown out and vehicles in the parking lot were tipped onto their sides. No one inside the Starbucks was hurt.
According to Boone County Emergency Management, a possible tornado cut a path from west to east around 3:59 p.m. , striking businesses in the Lebanon Industrial Park, at State Road 39 & I-65 and several residences in the area of South Meridian and South East streets.
Two minor injuries were reported when an occupied semi-truck was flipped onto I-65 from the parking lot of the Flying J Truck Stop. The occupants were taken to Witham Hospital in Lebanon with minor injuries.
State Road 39 between I-65 and SR 32 was closed for a few hours, along with local roads south of Noble Street in Lebanon.
There is no evacuation order in effect. If you need assistance with housing, contact the Boone County Dispatch Center at (765) 482-1412.
At the height of the storms, over 18,000 were without power, according to IPL. As of 7:30 that number was down to over 10,000. Check IPL outages here.
Duke Energy reports over 61,000 without power as of 7:30 pm. Check Duke outages here.
In Howard County, there was major damage along US 31 in Kokomo; also from Russiavilla northeast through Kokomo. There were reports of windows broken and building damage at the Town Center Mall. Other buildings near the mall also reportedly damaged.
A state of emergency was declared for Kokomo until 6:00 am Monday. No vehicular or pedestrian traffic unless it's essential.
Tippecanoe County reported widespread damage. Southwest Middle School and Mintonye Elementary were damaged, along with businesses and homes. Power lines were down. Avoid non-essential travel.
Tippecanoe County along with White, Carroll, Montgomery and Fountain Counties felt the strength of the passing storm. As buildings were damaged, vehicles were tossed around and roads were blocked by trees, light poles and sometimes debris from buildings destroyed as the force of the storm made its way through the area.
Southwestern Junior High School on County Road 800 South, three miles west of US 231, had heavy damage. State troopers directed traffic around the school to prevent onlookers from coming onto school grounds.
There were also property damage crashes on I-65 in White and Tippecanoe Counties and I-74 in Fountain County. No life-threatening injuries were reported.
As of 9:00 pm Sunday, roads had not been cleared and potential hazardous conditions still could be present.
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