Follow the WDRB Newsroom, Reporters and Anchors.More >>
Tweets from the WDRB Newsroom, Reporters and Anchors.More >>
ELIZABETH, Ind. (WDRB) -- The National Weather Service says Elizabeth, Ind. was struck by a small tornado overnight. A survey crew from the NWS says an EF-0 tornado touched down about 3 a.m. Wednesday. The Weather Service says wind speeds reached up to 80 mph during its half-mile touchdown.
At one point, Louisville was under a tornado warning for about 30 minutes that expired at 4:55 a.m.
WDRB reporter Rachel Collier visited Elizabeth, Indiana, where powerful winds heavily damaged several buildings, including a barn on a farm that's been owned by the same family for 200 years.
Another barn was washed away in the 1937 flood, and it's believed that the barn damaged in Wednesday's storm was built in the late 1930s.
The barn's roof and walls were ripped away by powerful winds; a nearby building that was once a church (but has recently been used for storage) was also heavily damaged.
No one was injured.
Teresa Campbell described what happened while the family that owned the damaged buildings was sleeping.
"Well, we were in bed," Campbell recalled. "I had gotten up from bed because the TV had quit working due to the rain. And I walked into the living room and my husband was at the front door. And he had the front door open, and all of a sudden the wind grabbed it and he pulled it shut.
"It was just like a big vacuum cleaner -- just a suction -- and the limbs started knocking against the front door. I don't know if it was hail or what, but it just sounded loud. And I just ran to the basement."
A few minutes later they emerged and were stunned to learn the extent of the damage.
"The front doors have been ripped out of the old church, and the whole front wall has pretty much been torn down -- has fallen down. Some of the windows are gone, and also the old barn, the whole side has fallen down. There's a lot of siding and roofing that's gone."
Campbell says this year will mark the 200th year the property has been owned by the same family.
"President James Madison gave it to Adam Glaze in 1813," Campbell said. "And actually Adam Glaze is buried here, and his wife as well."
Fortunately, no one was hurt, and the power stayed on.
"Everybody's OK, it's just property damage," Campbell said, although she was surprised to see the extent of the damage with the buildings undamaged for seven or eight decades.
Campbell says her grandfather's sister was "killed by a tornado up the road in 1925, so we knew it was possible but you don't want to think about it."
[SCHOOL CLOSINGS AND DELAYS]
Power outages have been reported in Kentucky and southern Indiana.