Tornadoes Rip Through Ohio and Indiana

Multiple tornadoes touched down in Indiana and western Ohio on Monday night into Tuesday morning, bringing widespread reports of devastating damage along with scattered reports of injuries.

Footage on social media and from local news outlets showed roofs blown off homes, downed trees and power lines, and roads littered with debris. No deaths were reported as of Tuesday morning, and the extent of injuries was not immediately known.

Emergency responders and homeowners were still surveying the damage, which was spread across much of Ohio. The National Weather Service said at 11 p.m. that a large tornado had been confirmed near Trotwood, about eight miles northwest of Dayton, calling the situation “extremely dangerous” and “life-threatening.”

At 1 a.m. Tuesday, the weather service confirmed that a tornado had touched down just south of Circleville, about 80 miles east of Dayton.

Other tornadoes were spotted but not immediately confirmed by the weather service. At 11:38 p.m., the weather service said a suspected tornado had been seen traveling southeast near Vandalia, about 10 miles north of Dayton, and had crossed the path of the first tornado.

In Mercer County, about 80 miles north of Dayton, 12 people were confirmed injured, the county’s emergency management director, Mike Robbins, told the NBC affiliate WDTN. Mayor Jeffrey Hazel of Celina, the county seat, said three of the injuries were serious but that none were considered life-threatening, according to the television station.

There were almost 75,000 power outages affecting more than five million people early Tuesday, with the most outages in Montgomery County, home to Dayton.

Ohio Task Force 1, an urban search and rescue team, said early Tuesday that it was supporting rescue efforts in Montgomery County.

The damage also extended to Indiana. The National Weather Service in Indianapolis said early Tuesday that it would send a team to survey tornado damage in Pendleton, about 100 miles west of Dayton and 35 miles northeast of Indianapolis.

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