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Published: Thu, August 25, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

'Destructive tornado' in central Indiana

'Destructive tornado' in central Indiana

At 4:23 p.m, the National Weather Service confirmed a large and extremely unsafe tornado was located in Indianapolis. moving east at 20 miles per hour, "This is a particularly risky situation, take cover now!"

One tornado flattened a Starbucks in Kokomo, about 60 miles north of Indianapolis, but no one inside the building was injured. He said the complex has 16 buildings and "probably eight of them don't have a roof".

A Starbucks coffee shop was destroyed around 3:2o p.m.in Kokomo, but there were no reported injuries.

No reports of severe damage in Marion County at this point, but areas are experiencing flooding including Broad Ripple and the campus of Butler University. But he says the storm has cut power to about 12,000 homes and businesses in Howard County.

One tornado was reported west of Crawfordville, said meteorologist Dave Tucek.

The National Weather Service forecast severe thunderstorms and heavy rain on Wednesday across portions of the central plains and mid-Mississippi Valley.

As of 5 p.m., Meridian Hills, Warren Park, the southern portion of Marion County, Brownsburg and Zionsville remained under a tornado warning, along with a number of counties south of Indianapolis, including Owen and Greene counties. Television station WTHR showed images of downed trees and a damaged Starbucks in the area. "Tornadoes were also reported at New Ross and Crawfordsville, Indiana and 1" diameter hail was reported just northwest of Indianapolis.

There were no immediate reports of injuries.

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