2 dead, multiple injured as tornadoes tear through Ohio, Indiana

March 15 (UPI) -- Tornadoes tore through multiple states Thursday night, killing at least two people in Ohio and injuring several people in Indiana.

According to a statement from the National Weather Service, there were reports of eight tornadoes touching down Thursday night in Indiana, Ohio and Texas, with Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear stating at least one traveled through his state.


Throughout the night, NSW issued numerous tornado warnings.

In Ohio, Sheriff Randall Dodds of Logan County said two people at the Geiger Mobile Home Park in Lake View near Dayton had died following a reported tornado.

"The damage up here is just unbelievable," he said.

In Indiana, authorities and officials said tornadoes caused significant damage and several people were injured.

Officials in Randolph County near the Indiana-Ohio border confirmed in a statement that a tornado had touched down in the city of Winchester at around 8 p.m. The storm, it said, produced "tennis ball-size hail."

"TAKE COVER NOW!" it warned.

Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter confirmed to reporters in an early Friday press conference that buildings and homes in the city of some 4,600 people had been "completely destroyed" but the extent of the damage was unknown.


Work will begin Friday morning to go through the rubble to "find out if there's anyone still within the confines of those collapsed buildings."

Carter also rejected earlier reports that three people had died in the storm, stating "we are not aware of any fatalities."

He added that "there have been many, many significant injuries," though specifics were unknown.

Indiana Homeland Security is urging the public to avoid the impacted area of Winchester.

In nearby Delaware County, officials confirmed in a statement that it had suffered "significant" tornado damage, especially in the town of Selma.

"Initial assessments suggest that up to 50% of structures in Selma have been damaged," it said, while adding it was relieved to say that "only minor injuries" had been reported.

Gov. Eric Holcomb offered his "deepest condolences & prayers" to those affected by the storms.

"The people of Winchester are resilient & should know the state will walk alongside & support them as we pick up the pieces & rebuild," he said in a statement on X.

In Kentucky, Beshear confirmed a tornado had moved through at least two counties, causing minor injuries and "significant structural damage."


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