CARROLL COUNTY, Ind.-- Inspectors with the National Weather Service confirm an EF-0 tornado touched down in Carroll County, then moved eastward into Cass County Monday evening.
The tornado, with winds around 75 mph, touched down about two miles north of Deer Creek, or eight miles northeast of Camden. The tornado then continued eastward into Cass County, southwest of Logansport, where it grew into an EF-1 tornado.
Stacy Martin, who lives right in the path of the tornado, says she and her family took shelter in their cellar after spotting the tornado coming toward their farm.
“My brother in law, my mother in law went out to go see if maybe they could spot something,” Martin said. “And before I know it, they come right back in, they said get down to the cellar, it’s coming our way.”
When they emerged from the cellar, members of the Martin family found heavy damage done to several outbuildings on the farm property. A large tree in the front yard of the property had been broken in half. Just down the street, a camper had been thrown off the side of the road like a child’s toy.
“God gave us a lot of firewood, but no one was hurt,” said the homeowner’s uncle, Bill Martin.
Meantime, flooding persisted on county roads throughout the area of southern Cass County. Drivers trying to get from one place to another had to turn around to avoid flood waters produced by six inches of rain, which caused several area creeks to overflow their banks.
“For the most part in Cass County, I’d say most of our roads in the southern part of the county are under water,” said Cass County EMA Director, Alvin Beckman.
State Road 29 was closed in several different areas because rushing flood water continued to cover the roadway. INDOT crews had part of the roadway blocked off as they worked to repair a portion of the highway that had buckled.
All of Cass County was under a Yellow travel advisory as of Tuesday afternoon.
A preliminary survey suggests another tornado, an EF-1, touched down in Miami County.
Several tornado warnings were issued Monday night. You can see photos provided by viewers below.