Dozens of homes, barns damaged by tornado in Montgomery County

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ind. -- The first tornado to touch down in central Indiana on Wednesday hit Montgomery County, where dozens of homes and barns sustained damage.

The estimated EF-1 tornado tore a path a few miles through the county, hitting properties in the towns of Linnsburg, Mace and New Ross.

You could see the path where cornfields had been flattened and covered in debris and siding. The corn belonged to John Frey and his brother.

"It’s just crops, you know, it’s not people’s lives and we’re just fortunate nobody that I know of so far has been hurt," Frey said.

That proved to be the case, as no significant injuries were reported from the tornado.

Many homes were hit, though, including Al Woodall's parents' place, where their garage was leveled and a tree branch smashed through the back door and into the living room. Thankfully, they were in Indianapolis at a doctor's appointment.

"If they would’ve been in the front room watching (on TV), things could’ve been a lot worse so I’m very fortunate," Woodall said.

Much of the damage centered near Linnsburg, where roofs were ripped off homes and several grain silos were blown into yards, power lines and roads.

"They actually came right between two houses so very fortunate for both of the homeowners on each side of that. In fact, one of them is one of my guys on the fire department, he lives just to the north and his house is still standing and he’s very thankful," said Walnut Township Fire Assistant Chief Toby Russell.

County EMA used a drone to survey damage, and planned to be back out on Thursday to do more work. The Red Cross also went around to homes to offer water and food.

A shelter is set up by the Red Cross at Walnut Elementary School in New Ross.

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