(KOKOMO, Ind.) — Multiple tornadoes struck central Indiana Wednesday — damaging homes, leveling buildings and piling cars on top of one another like toys.
Miraculously, state police said late Wednesday that no serious injures had been reported even as tens of thousands of residents had no power. About a dozen people suffered cuts and bruises.
At 3:15 p.m. local time, the National Weather Service urged everyone in the area to take shelter immediately, calling the situation "particularly dangerous."
Minutes later, the NWS issued warning for a "confirmed large and destructive tornado."
The tornado blew roofs off of homes and buildings, knocked over trees and even flattened a Starbucks in Kokomo's Markland Mall, ABC television affiliate WRTV in Indianapolis reported.
Utility companies reported more than 32,000 customers were without power in the state as of Wednesday night.
People who had been hiding in the Starbucks' bathroom somehow survived with no major injuries.
"It's crazy. It's a madhouse," said Mitchell Carlson, a maintenance technician at the Park Place Apartments in Kokomo. He added that the complex has 16 buildings and "probably eight of them don't have a roof."
Despite the violent winds, everyone appeared to have escaped harm. "So, I guess we're all blessed at the Park Place," Carlson said.
In addition to the Kokomo twisters, police in Indianapolis spotted at least two funnel clouds close to the ground in the city just south of Interstate 70, but the department had received no reports of damage, according to Officer Jim Gillespie of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.
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