Multiple tornadoes touch down in central Indiana; dozens injured

INDIANAPOLIS --The National Weather Service says a single, long supercell thunderstorm that moved through Indiana produced six tornadoes.

Forecasters say those six were among at least eight tornadoes that touched down in central Indiana on Wednesday. Damage includes roofs torn off buildings, smashed vehicles and power loss to thousands.

Authorities say between 15 and 20 people suffered injuries but none were severe.

The weather service says one tornado was an EF3 with 165 mph winds. GOP vice presidential candidate and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence plans to leave the campaign trail Thursday to assess storm damage.

The weather service says two other thunderstorms produced separate tornadoes, one in Avon west of Indianapolis and one northwest of Lafayette, which is southwest of Indianapolis.

Emergency officials and the Red Cross have set up shelters for victims of tornadoes that swept across central Indiana.

One shelter is at the Kokomo Event and Conference Center. The Indianapolis Star reports that about 200 people were being housed and fed at the center at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, hours after the storms moved through. Kokomo is about 50 miles north of Indianapolis.

Another shelter is at Walnut Elementary School in New Ross, northwest of Indianapolis.

The Indiana Red Cross regional headquarters in Indianapolis has a team of employees and volunteers working at an operations center.