‘An Absolute Monster!’: Video Shows Massive Tornado on Ground in Van Wert, Ohio

‘An Absolute Monster!’: Video Shows Massive Tornado on Ground in Van Wert, Ohio

VAN WERT, Ohio — A spokesman for the state Emergency Management Agency says damage was reported at a mobile home park and other sites across four northwest Ohio counties after storms that spurred multiple twisters in Indiana moved across the state line.


Spokesman Jay Carey said Wednesday night that there was damage in Defiance, Henry, Paulding and Van Wert counties. Carey says one minor injury was reported.

Video of one large tornado was reportedly captured in the Paulding County area of Northwest Ohio and posted to YouTube by Live Storms Media.

**Warning: Some of the language used in the video may be considered graphic**

The post states:

“INTENSE footage of a LARGE Wedge Tornado destroying rural areas of northwest Ohio! Homes and barns were hit, the debris field was extensive flying all around this tornado. An absolute monster!”

The Defiance County Emergency Management Agency says the area around a mobile home park in the county sustained the most damage. Roads around it were blocked off.

Officials in Van Wert County say at least two tornadoes touched down about 2 miles apart. Roofs were blown off homes and barns were destroyed.

There were reports of downed trees and power lines around the area.

Meanwhile in Indiana, three tornadoes touched down Wednesday afternoon, damaging numerous structures in Kokomo and leaving 15-20 people injured, authorities said.

The Indiana State Police said the injuries occurred in Kokomo and rural Howard Country.

“All of the reported injuries are considered minor at this time,” the state police said. “Most of the injuries were the result of flying debris. There are no reported deaths.”

Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight said the storm caused “pretty severe property damage” and downed many trees.

“I am in a residential neighborhood and there is a lot of roof damage, windows out, a roof completely taken off the home, power out,” he said. “It is pretty substantial. I have seen damage to about 50 homes so far. We are still looking at the damage.”

A temporary state of emergency was declared in Howard County and Kokomo, meaning all roads are closed except for public safety and emergency vehicles.

Power was knocked out across the region, with Duke Energy reporting 29,000 outages and IPL reporting 7,500, said CNN affiliate WISH.

Republican vice presidential candidate and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence left the campaign trail and returned home, arriving Wednesday night in Indianapolis and visiting an emergency operations center.

“So, we’re headed home and we’re going to be home so long as it takes for us to make sure these communities have the resources and the support they need to put themselves back together after these very violent storms,” he told reporters.

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