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Published: Friday, August 26, 2016 @ 5:59 AM
UPDATE @ 8;30 p.m. (Aug. 25):
Multiple thunderstorms produced eight tornadoes on Wednesday, including five in central Indiana across Carroll, Howard, Marion and Montgomery counties, according to a report released this evening from the National Weather Service in Indianapolis.
None of the tornadoes caused any deaths, and only the strongest storm, an EF-3 that hit Kokomo, Indiana, caused any injuries, of which 20 were reported. The NWS released preliminary data on the five tornadoes:
INITIAL REPORT (Aug. 24):
Strong storms spawned at least 12 tornadoes on Wednesday in Indiana.
Gov. Mike Pence, the Republican vice presidential nominee, left the campaign trail and returned to the Hoosier State, where he planned to survey widespread damage reported in Howard and Montgomery counties in Indiana on Thursday morning, CBS affiliate WTTV in Indianapolis reported.
“The most severe damage that we are aware of at this time was in Howard County and Montgomery County,” Pence said during a news conference, when he announced that 27 counties reported tornado warnings as storms passed through the state. There were no serious injuries or deaths reported, but he said up to 15 people were hurt in Howard County, which is under a state of emergency.
The National Weather Service in Indianapolis reported that an EF-3 tornado touched down in Kokomo in Howard County, and an EF-2 touched down in Crawfordsville, in Montgomery County, Ind., according to preliminary data.
The Starbucks in Kokomo was leveled by the storm described as “a confirmed large and extremely dangerous tornado” by the NWS. The twister hit Starbucks around 3:20 p.m. when it touched down near the Markland Mall. It also ripped through Park Place Apartments in Kokomo, causing heavy damage to the building, WTTV reported.
Pence issued the following Tweet around 5 p.m. in reaction to the tornado strikes in Indiana: “We are leaving NC and getting back to Indiana. Serious storms and tornados[sic]. Please keep Hoosiers in your prayers.”
The Salvation Army and Howard County officials opened a shelter to help 200 people so far at the Kokomo Events Center, the news station reported.
The Indiana University Kokomo campus also announced it will be closed Thursday due to power loss, and Kokomo Schools also canceled classes for Thursday, though the superintendent said no buildings sustained damage.