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.”