The Indiana State Police reported between 15 to 20 injuries as the tornadoes passed through the state Wednesday afternoon, crediting advance warnings by emergency systems for keeping the casualty count low. Initial reports describe a large tornado moving across the Howard County city of Kokomo and damaging apartment buildings and automobiles and cutting power.
Governor and Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence, who abruptly left the campaign trail in North Carolina to return to in, said eight funnel clouds were confirmed and three touched down during what he called a "very tough day of weather".
He says five separate weather service survey crews are scouring areas with storm damage in central and northern in to determine if tornadoes struck there.
A state of emergency was declared in Howard County until at least 9 p.m. after tornadoes rolled through on Wednesday. He was expected to tour Kokomo on Thursday.
The Starbucks was just outside the Kokomo Speedway. People are in temporary shelters, but that number could increase because they are still without power.
Tornadoes were also spotted across the border in northwest Ohio. Several other tornadoes or funnel clouds were later reported as personnel gathered to respond, officials said.
Utility companies reported more than 32,000 customers were without power in the state as of Wednesday night.
One confirmed tornado in Kokomo, Indiana, due north of Indianapolis, destroyed a Starbucks, knocking all its walls to the ground.
A wide swath of IN is IN clean-up mode after a string of tornados touched down IN the Hoosier State Wednesday.
At a meeting in Indianapolis Wednesday, Pence was briefed by emergency operations personnel about the extent of the destruction. Authorities say about a dozen people were injured, but none seriously.
The team believes at this port the damage is consistent with wind speeds of 135 to 160 miles per hour.
Governor Mike Pence temporarily hit the pause button on his campaign to look at the storm damage in Howard and Montgomery counties on Thursday.