The Washington Times-Herald

Community News Network

November 18, 2013

Tornadoes tear through Indiana, Illinois

Tornadoes and severe thunderstorms swept across the Midwest on Sunday, killing at least six people and causing significant damage in dozens of towns in Indiana and Illinois.

Two people were killed in the southern Illinois community of New Minden, and two others were killed further south in Massac County, officials said. A third was killed in Washington, Ill., near Peoria.

In Chicago, Soldier Field was evacuated and the Bears game delayed as the storms approached.

In Indiana, at least 12 counties reported tornadoes, or damage believed to be caused by tornadoes, Gov. Mike Pence said.

A presumed tornado left large swaths of the south side of Kokomo, Ind., in shambles, flipping cars, downing power lines and turning homes and businesses into rubble. High winds pushed the second story of a house into the middle of the road, trapping a woman beneath a car.

Although minor injuries were reported around the city, preliminary reports indicate there have been no deaths. The city declared a state of emergency and ordered residents to remain indoors until 6 a.m. Monday.

“The damage is unbelievable, but what’s more unbelievable is that we had so few injures,” said Kokomo Police patrolman Chris White.

A tornado is also believed to have struck Lebanon, Ind., destroying a Starbucks store, where travelers from the nearby Interstate 65 had sought shelter. Carly Arnold, 17, said she had just reported to work as a barista when a man told everyone to get into the bathroom.

"People were screaming and one woman was lying on the floor because she was too scared to move," Arnold said. "We heard glass shattering and metal twisting. Then it sounded like a train."

They were only in the bathroom a few minutes, and when they opened the door they saw the building had been destroyed.

"It only came to me now how scary it was," Arnold said.

The National Weather Service had issued warnings of damaging storms and late-season tornadoes Sunday. Meteorologists said the greatest risk existed in parts of Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and southern Michigan.

Details for this story were reported by The Kokomo (Ind.) Tribune and The Lebanon (Ind.) Reporter. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

1
Text Only
Community News Network
  • Lindley, Tom.jpg Is this a commercial for batting gloves or a baseball game?

    Major league baseball desperately needs to speed up the action. Here's a place to start: Nix the mind-numbing ritual of hitters who first adjust the right batting glove, then the left one, after every single pitch.
     

    August 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • The Simpsons still going strong

    The groundbreaking animation first hit the air Dec. 17, 1989, but the family first appeared on television in "The Tracey Ullman Show" short "Good Night" on April 19, 1987.

    August 21, 2014

  • Does Twitter need a censor?

    Twitter decided last year to make images more prominent on its site. Now, the social network is finding itself caught between being an open forum and patrolling for inappropriate content.

    August 21, 2014

  • Police chief resigns over racial slur repost to Facebook

    A repost on his personal Facebook page of a racially-charged comment by the original poster of a comedy video has forced the police chief of an Oklahoma city to resign his office.

    August 21, 2014

  • sleepchart.jpg America’s sleep-deprived cities

    Americans might run on sleep, but those living in the country's largest cities don't appear to run on much.

    August 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Who should pay for your kids ACT?

    Thirteen states paid for 11th-grade students in all public high schools to take the ACT college admission test this year, with several more planning to join them in 2015.

    August 20, 2014

  • Pets.jpg Why do people look like their pets?

    As much as we might quibble over the virtues and vices of Canis domesticus, however, and over whether human nature is any better or worse than dog nature, even dog fanciers don't usually want to look like a dog.

    August 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ice bucket challenge trending up

    Internet trends are a dime a dozen these days. Everything from Tebowing to planking to the cinnamon challenge can cause a wave of social media activity that can last for weeks before fizzling out.

    August 19, 2014

  • Africa goes medieval in its fight against Ebola

    As the Ebola epidemic claims new victims at an ever-increasing rate, African governments in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia have instituted a "cordon sanitaire," deploying troops to forcibly isolate the inhabitants in an area containing most of the cases.

    August 18, 2014

  • Democrat? Republican? There's an app for that

    If you're a Republican, you might want to think twice before buying Lipton Iced Tea, and forget about Starbucks coffee. If you're a Democrat, put down that Reese's Peanut Butter Cup, and throw away the cylinder of Quaker Oats in your pantry.

    August 18, 2014