A storm front that caused havoc in the Midwest and the South on Sunday has claimed the lives of three people.
Officials said that one person died after a tornado destroyed a home in Martin County, Indiana.
The victim’s injured partner was reportedly taken to a hospital, according to Cameron Wolf, director of Martin County Emergency Management, who also confirmed the victim’s death. The person’s state couldn’t be determined.
Wolf said the tornado damage appeared to be rather localized.
The Associated Press reported that two people died in Arkansas after a tree toppled on a Carlisle home. According to the outlet, a third individual was hurt in the event.
As the same storm front passed into south and central Indiana and neighboring states, more homes were destroyed, roads were obstructed by tree limbs and debris, and huge hail was observed.
According to the National Weather Service, several tornadoes were observed in central Indiana on Sunday afternoon. Forecasters think different vortexes caused damage to buildings in Greenwood, Bargersville, and other places.
The meteorological service field office in Indianapolis confirmed three tornadoes struck Martin, Johnson and Monroe counties after assessing storm damage. The organization said more information on the tornadoes is “forthcoming.”
Former Vice President Mike Pence, who was governor of Indiana in the 2010s, tweeted: “Our hearts are with all the families impacted by today’s devastating tornado in Greenwood, Indiana. Praying for all those affected and our First Responders.”
Earl Breon, a weather service meteorologist in Indianapolis, predicted “home, crop, and tree damage” earlier in the day. Monday morning damage assessment teams would arrive in Johnson, Martin, and southwest Monroe counties by evening, according to the weather service.
According to NBC affiliate WTHR of Indianapolis, no significant injuries were reported in the town of Bargersville, south of Indianapolis, but Fire Chief Eric Funkhouser estimated that 75 homes sustained moderate to severe damage.
On a 4-mile stretch of the affected ground, a few buildings may have collapsed, according to Michael Pruitt, a Bargersville fire spokesperson.