KOKOMO, Ind. -- Several tornadoes touched down in Howard County Wednesday leaving multiple homes and businesses damaged or destroyed.
The National Weather Service confirmed the first storm in the mid-afternoon.
AT 328 PM EDT...A CONFIRMED LARGE AND DESTRUCTIVE TORNADO WAS LOCATED
NEAR KOKOMO...MOVING EAST AT 30 MPH.
The NWS said the tornado was an EF-3 with winds up to 152 miles per hour, revised Thursday from 136 mph. The NWS labeled the storm a "particularly dangerous situation."
Throughout the day, eight tornadoes touched down across the region. Touchdowns were reported in Howard, Grant, Wells, Allen, Adams, Miami and Montgomery Counties.
According to the National Weather Service, the largest tornado outbreak in Indiana was Aug. 9, 1969. That record was broken last Monday, then broken again Wednesday.
Since 1950, largest Aug. tor outbreak in IN was 8/9/1969 with 5. We broke that record last Monday and poss. broke it again yesterday. #INwx
— NWS Indianapolis (@NWSIndianapolis) August 25, 2016
— Liz Adeola RTV6 (@WatchLAeveryday) August 25, 2016
The City of Kokomo and Howard County were under put under a State of Emergency as a result of the damage.
At least 300 to 400 people have been forced to leave their homes and the total could range anywhere from 700 to 800.
You can view videos of the tornado in the player at the top of this story.
Shelters were set up at UAW685, Memorial Gym, and he Kokomo Event Center at 1500 N. Reed Road .
— SAIndiana (@SAIndiana) August 24, 2016
The EF3 tornado in Kokomo destroyed a Starbucks near Markland Mall and caused damage to a nearby Panera Bread Wednesday afternoon, two examples of major amounts of damage to the area.
Conor Daly, race car driver in the Verizon IndyCar series, tweeted out some photos of the leveled Starbucks.
— Conor Daly (@ConorDaly22) August 24, 2016
Angel Ramos, shift manager, embraced by friends, his manager. He had employees and customers take cover in bathroom. pic.twitter.com/m1tPJvvgOh
— Cara Ball (@CaraKTVideo) August 24, 2016
Starbucks released a statement on the tornado damage in Kokomo.
“We want to express our heartfelt concern for all those personally affected by a tornado that touched down in the community Kokomo, Indiana, this afternoon. We are relieved to report all partners (employees) and customers from the Starbucks store at US 35 & SR 22 are safe.We will continue to support our store partners and local authorities in any way we can.”
— nova (@marie_loer) August 24, 2016
Gov. Mike Pence and Sen. Joe Donnelly contacted Kokomo mayor Greg Goodnight to offer assistance.
— Governor Mike Pence (@GovPenceIN) August 24, 2016
Community Hospital Regional Health is located one mile away form the worst storm damage, but no damage to the hospital was reported. The hospital did temporarily lose power.
While cleanup continues, Kokomo schools were closed Thursday including IU Kokomo and Taylor Community Schools.
The area was hit with severe storms of this kind two-and-a-half years ago and Wednesdays' storms followed a similar path just south.
— Kara Kenney (@KaraKenney6) August 24, 2016