BEECH GROVE, Ind. — NWS surveyors say they’ve confirmed an EF-1 tornado struck Beech Grove Saturday evening. They are still working on determining its exact path.
No injuries were reported.
Several buildings sustained major damage, including the high school.
“Last night our goal was to get the roads open and to account for every single human being and we did that,” Beech Grove mayor Dennis Buckley said.
The city’s community center is available as a shelter for residents. The Red Cross, Salvation Army, along with various county and city departments, are all on hand to help residents. Buckley said during a press conference Sunday morning that the city is operating “on a normal basis.”
Jeremiah Konubuah and his family were displaced and he says they went into the bathroom and could hear the strong winds pulling off the roof. They live in the Beach Meadows apartments where 24 units were displaced.
“The Red Cross took care of my family up until now we are safe we don’t know what will happen from now because I have not entered my building,” Konubuah said.
***PRELIMINARY SURVEY INFORMATION*** Our survey team in the Beech Grove area has made a PRELIMINARY determination of a #tornado in that area with a width of 200 yards and estimated wind speeds of 100 MPH, producing EF-1 damage. #INwx
— NWS Indianapolis (@NWSIndianapolis) June 16, 2019