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SLIDESHOW: Tornado touchdown confirmed in Paoli

Posted: Updated: Nov 18, 2011 01:03 PM EST

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PAOLI, Ind. (WDRB) -- After assessing the damage on the ground in Orange County this morning the National Weather Service has determined the storm that hit Paoli spawned at least one tornado.

The storm had a two-mile-wide path.  Wind speeds peaked around 95 miles per hour.  The EF1 tornado was the 61st tornado during a record setting year in Kentuckiana.  

As of late Tuesday morning, 85 percent of the power was back on in Paoli.  The hardest-hit area was the town square, with the police and fire stations taking a lot of damage and many store windows shattered.  All this happened a year after part of the square burned to the ground after a massive fire.  The town was just starting to recover from that disaster.

Elsewhere, people woke up to find trees uprooted, chimneys collapsed, and roofing material on the ground. 

"It sounded like there was a helicopter or a plane," says Leslie Snyder, whose home was damaged.  "It just hit all at once and then it shook all the walls of the house and then it was over just as fast as it came."

The town council is busy trying to figure out where to house its police officers because their building is so heavily damaged.   

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