Kokomo — The storm that blew through the state Tuesday morning left behind an array of downed trees and power lines and damaged homes, but no serious injuries were reported.
Most of the damage centered around the area of 50 North and 300 East, where neighbors say they saw a tornado roll through the area.
“I looked out the window and saw stuff blowing off my porch,” said Kokomo Firefighter Dan Wilson, whose home at 2814 E. 50 North sustained heavy damage from the storm.
“About 15 to 20 seconds later, the house was surrounded by blackness. It sounded like a freight train going through my house,” he said.
The winds ripped off the top part of the west side of his two-story home. A line of twisted metal siding and downed trees stretched from his home northeast across 300 East to Sycamore Street.
Wilson’s stepson, Dennis Franklin, was asleep in his upstairs bedroom when the storm hit.
“I was lying in bed. The roof lifted off and trash was going everywhere,” said Franklin, 22. “We got lucky.”
According to neighbors, a tornado was the cause of the damage, but officials have not yet confirmed a tornado.
“A couple people around the area said it was tornado, but we had nothing on the radar and the National Weather Service showed nothing,” said Larry Smith, director of the Howard County Emergency Management Agency.
“We had lines down in the county from the wind, we had trees down from the wind and extensive damage to some homes,” Smith said.
Larry Ballard also thought a twister touched down in the area after hearing the storm and seeing the damage on Ridge Road off 100 North.
“I think it was tornado,” said Ballard. “It was going up and coming back down. I talked to a lot of neighbors, and no one was injured. It tore off some of my roof.”
Ballard wasn’t alone.
“I was scared to death,” said Carol Cupp, who lives along 100 North. “I looked out the window and saw the leaves going around and around in circles. I never seen anything like this before.”
Howard County Sheriff Marty Talbert said two eye-witnesses reported seeing a dark cloud envelope their home in eastern Howard County.
No injuries reported.
Ray Riley and his wife, Virginia, who live along 300 East, south of 100 North, also thought a tornado whipped through the area.
“Like a lot of people say, it sounded like a train,” Ray said standing in his driveway.
“We have some downed trees, but no big loss.”
“We could hear it,” said Virginia Riley. “We’re very, very thankful no one was injured.”
Capt. Jason Davis of the Greentown Fire Department along with other firefighters were on the scene checking out the damage.
“I’m no weather expert, but it appears to be straight-line winds. It tore some roofs off, but I haven’t had any reports of injuries.”