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Sunday tornado outbreak Indiana's third worst

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP and WDRB) -- The National Weather Service says preliminary findings show at least 11 tornadoes tore through Indiana Sunday.

It says survey teams Monday found two tornadoes in Kokomo, both rated EF-2 on the Fujita scale, with one traveling 10 miles Sunday. Adjacent Grant County also had two tornadoes, an EF-2 traveling 12 miles and an EF-0 making only a brief touchdown.

The weather service said an EF-2 tornado traveling 3.5 miles on the ground hit Lebanon. Surveyors also found two EF-1s, one northeast of Lebanon and one in the central Indiana town of Atlanta.

In southern Indiana, the weather service says an EF-2 in Knox County traveled 19 miles, an EF-2 traveled nearly 3 miles into Washington, and an EF-1 hit north of Bedford.

In northwestern Indiana, an EF-1 tornado struck near Rensselaer.

"Our hearts go out to neighbors in Illinois who have experienced devastation and loss of life, but we are grateful," Gov. Steve Pence said.

He spoke at a news conference in Kokomo. 

Pence toured tornado-damaged areas throughout his state today.

Officials say the Bedford area tornado had winds of 90 miles an hour. Trees fell on top of houses, while the strong winds broke through windows.

Survey teams from the National Weather service spent the day getting a look at the damage, and say Louisville dodged a bullet.  The most severe storms stayed north of the metro area.

"Folks in Louisville don't freak out.  The weather people did not hype this.  The potential was there.  We did not hype this.  Illinois and Indiana got creamed.  If you don't believe us go to Vincennes, go to Kokomo. Always have a plan," said National Weather Service meteorologist John Gordon. 

He was referring to recommendations people have a plan and supplies in place in case of any disaster.

Gov. Pence visited Kokomo and consoled residents in the city about 60 miles north of Indianapolis that was hit hard by the severe weather that cut across the Midwest on Sunday. At least six people died in Illinois and two in Michigan.

Indiana reported no deaths, but Sunday's storm injured 32 people in the Kokomo area. Maj. Brian Seldon of the Kokomo Police Department says only three of those people required hospitalization.

Thousands of Indiana homes and business remained without power Monday.  Most areas in the WDRB viewing area had power restored by Monday evening, according to utility websites.

Kokomo resident Phyllis Rawlins says she's grateful her granddaughter and other members of a church group survived when a storm swept her home off its foundation.

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