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Tornado Damages Homes Near Indiana/Ohio State Line

The Weather Channel logoThe Weather Channel 6/19/2021 meteorologist

A tornado caused damage on both sides of the Indiana-Ohio state line late Friday afternoon.

The severe weather moved through several areas including Jay County, Indiana, and Mercer County, Ohio, at around 4 p.m.

"We do have some damage, we're currently assessing it," Samantha Rhodehamel, deputy director of emergency management for Jay County, told shortly after the storm passed.

Photos sent to ABC21 show damage to roofs and trees in Portland, Indiana in Jay County, which is located 75 miles northeast of Indianapolis.

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Video posted to social media showed the tornado moving through a rural area.

An assistant in the Mercer County emergency management office said there were reports of three homes and some farm buildings damaged. Assessments were continuing there as well.

There were no immediate reports of injuries in either location.

Scattered power outages were reported across the region. More than 80,000 power outages were reported between Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky, as of late Friday evening. Roughly 20% of Mercer County, Ohio had lost power by early Friday evening.

The tornado in Ohio was the first reported there this year, unusual for a state that usually sees an average of 19 tornadoes a year.

If radar data is taken verbatim, this tornado was likely a strong tornado, but damage surveys will need to determine how strong in the next day or so.

Storms later went on to produce hail in the Dayton, Ohio, metro area, which damaged vehicles in the town of Northridge, and eventually pushed into northern Kentucky.

Elsewhere, hail as large as eggs was also reported in northeastern Indianapolis, Friday evening. Strong winds blew a roof off a building in Decatur County, Indiana.

The severe weather was expected to continue overnight from Iowa possibly as far east as Pennsylvania.

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