The storm in Kokomo, about 50 miles north of Indianapolis, piled cars on top of one another and even flattened a Starbucks, where people hid in the coffee shop's bathroom.
No serious injuries were reported after multiple tornadoes touched down Wednesday in central in, tearing the roofs off apartment buildings, sending air conditioners falling onto parked cars and cutting power to thousands of people.
Residents in central in were getting their first glimpses of crumpled buildings, scattered debris, and destroyed neighborhoods, a day after several tornaodes touched down on Wednesday.
About 10 to 15 minor injuries were reported, Howard County Sheriff Steven Rogers said, adding that the community was "very blessed" that there were no fatalities.
About six trailers were damaged at a mobile home park near Hicksville in Ohio. While the state's Department of Homeland Security initially said 12 tornadoes were confirmed, it lowered that count to eight late Thursday morning.
"Kokomo and Howard County will bounce back once again, and once again we've got to reach in deep and do the work of recovery", Wyman said. Most of those injuries were in Howard County and included a resident who was trapped in a home by one of the storms. Goodnight said utility crews from elsewhere in the state were traveling to the city to help restore power and clean up storm debris. Police were restricting access to storm-damaged neighborhoods, saying residents must show identification to gain access.
This is the second time in the last several years that Kokomo has suffered significant tornado damage.
Individuals affected by the storms are encouraged to contact the Indiana Region of the American Red Cross by calling 317-684-1441. "You know, it's not people's lives", he said.
The tornadoes caused widespread damage, but no one was seriously injured.
The weather service says one tornado was an EF3 with 165 miles per hour winds.
The weather service says two other thunderstorms produced separate tornadoes, one in Avon west of Indianapolis and one northwest of Lafayette, which is southwest of Indianapolis. Indiana Governor and GOP vice presidential candidate Mike Pence toured the damaged area on Wednesday, where he saw homes destroyed and a Starbucks that was leveled. "It's a testament to good, common sense by Hoosiers caring about their neighbors, looking after their own".