(N.Morgan) A wave of severe storms spawned at least a dozen tornadoes in Indiana and Ohio. Homes and businesses were damaged, but there were no serious injuries reported by authorities on Thursday, as crews worked to restore power and remove fallen trees.
The National Weather Service reported an EF3 tornado hit the south side of Kokomo, Indiana, packing winds of up to 165 mph.
That tornado toppled a Starbucks coffee shop and damaged numerous homes and businesses in the city about 40 miles north of Indianapolis.
Howard County Sheriff Steve Rogers said the 10 to 15 Kokomo residents who were hurt suffered only minor injuries.
Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight divulged Thursday that about 220 people stayed overnight in a temporary shelter.
Police were restricting access to storm-damaged neighborhoods, saying residents must show identification to be able to enter.
A tornado is seen here in Komoko, Indiana, Aug. 24, 2016.
“The areas that have been hit the hardest, we’re asking people to stay away unless they absolutely have to be in those areas,” Goodnight said at a news conference, adding that he’s thankful and relieved no one was killed or seriously injured.
Tornadoes were also observed across the border in northwest Ohio.
Emergency Management Agency spokesman Jay Carey said damage was reported in Defiance, Henry, Paulding and Van Wert counties and that one person was reportedly hurt.
The worst damage appeared to be at a mobile home park in Defiance. The roads around the site were blocked late Wednesday.
Damage from storms and tornadoes are seen here in Komoko, Indiana, Aug. 24, 2016.