NWS confirms EF-1 tornado touched down in Peru
Storms also damage crops in Madison County
Last Updated: 153 days ago
PERU, Ind. - The National Weather Service confirms an EF-1 tornado struck the city of Peru.
The weather service said Thursday that the tornado that struck the north central Indiana city a day earlier had estimated maximum wind speeds of 95 mph.
Mayor Jim Walker says two people suffered minor injuries.
The storm leveled structures and caused trees to fall.
Emotions ran high for some residents as they cleaned up the debris that the storm left behind.
Emergency management director Christopher Marks said the storm seemingly came out of nowhere.
"There was a severe thunderstorm issued and within two minutes, it was all of the damage and starting to respond to it," Marks said.
Most people said they were just grateful that nobody was seriously hurt.
Walker says Gov. Mike Pence has called and offered help from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.
Peru is about 50 miles southwest of Fort Wayne.
Homeowners in Madison County were also clearing downed trees and limbs because of the strong winds.
One family was concerned about their crop after the storms rolled through.
The Sears family has 500 acres of corn in Madison County, but they were concerned that the stalks the wind pushed over would not straighten in time for pollination.
For a family that has been farming their land since 1923, they said this is not the worst they've seen.
The corn they hope to harvest is used by cereal and soda makers and other farmers for livestock.
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