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Tornado Strikes Indiana Community, Resulting In Numerous Severe Injuries

The Indiana State Police said there are “many significant injuries” after a tornado tore through the community of Winchester on Thursday, part of a storm system that also unleashed suspected twisters that damaged homes and businesses in parts of Ohio and Kentucky.

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Severe storms with at least one suspected tornado raked southern Indiana and northern Kentucky on Thursday. Photo: AP
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Indiana State Police confirmed numerous injuries after a devastating tornado ripped through Winchester, part of a severe storm system affecting parts of Ohio and Kentucky. Although initial reports hinted at potential fatalities, Superintendent Douglas Carter later announced there were no known deaths.

The tornado struck Winchester, a community of 4,700 residents located nearly 70 miles northeast of Indianapolis, leaving a path of destruction in its wake. Winchester Mayor Bob McCoy described the harrowing experience, recalling the sound akin to a roaring train as he and his wife sought shelter in a closet during the storm.

The impact of the tornado was felt beyond Winchester, with reports of another suspected twister touching down in Ohio, affecting the villages of Lakeview and Russells Point. Sheri Timmers, a spokesperson for Logan County, stated that numerous injuries were reported, with an RV park among the areas affected.

In the aftermath, Amber Fagan, president of the Indian Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, described the village of Lakeview as "completely demolished," with homes, campgrounds, and businesses severely damaged. Efforts to assess the extent of the destruction were underway, with search operations initiated to locate any missing individuals.

Elsewhere, in Ohio's Huron County, a "confirmed large and extremely dangerous tornado" struck near Plymouth, causing significant damage. Reports from Indiana's Jefferson County indicated multiple homes and structures were destroyed, although no injuries were reported.

The severity of the storms prompted responses from state authorities, with Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb and Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear issuing statements urging residents to remain vigilant. Emergency operations centers were activated to coordinate responses, while efforts were underway to assess and address the widespread damage caused by the tornadoes.

As the affected communities grapple with the aftermath of the storms, schools in Winchester announced closures, offering their facilities for emergency use. Meanwhile, meteorologists warned of continued severe weather threats across several states, underscoring the need for ongoing vigilance and preparedness.

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