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Storms flood roads, damage buildings in area

November 6, 2017 GMT

Mother Nature delivered a wallop to northeast Indiana on Sunday, with some areas reporting hail, heavy rains, flooding and even tornado damage.

At least one tornado ripped through Jay County, and damage assessments were planned for this morning, county Emergency Management Agency Director Ralph Frazee said.

The destruction included homes and farm buildings, he said, but no injuries or fatalities had been reported as of Sunday evening. Frazee credited warnings for helping keep people safe.

“I think that really helped,” he said.

A power outage affected about 2,500 utility customers, he said. Jay School Corp. will not have classes today because of the outage and potentially impassable roads, he said.

Neighboring Mercer County in Ohio was affected by what EMA Director Mike Robbins believed was a tornado.

The city of Celina bore the brunt of the damage, he said, mostly on the east side. Homes, commercial structures and an industrial building suffered damage, he said.

Eight injuries were reported, he added, including seven caused by flying debris. None of the injuries was life-threatening, he said.

Robbins encouraged people to avoid Celina’s east side as officials deal with the storm’s aftermath.

Also Sunday, the National Weather Service received reports of heavy rain in Kosciusko County, hail in Steuben County and flooded roads in Allen, Kosciusko and Noble counties.

The Noble County Sheriff’s Department encouraged people on Facebook to post information about roads with high water levels and received more than two dozen responses.

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