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Tornado destroys barn, damages home in Boone Co.

Funnel cloud spotted in Boone County
Posted at 3:18 PM, Apr 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-29 04:11:11-04

LEBANON, Ind. -- An EF-1 tornado touched down in Boone County Thursday afternoon, destroying a barn and throwing debris into nearby neighborhoods.

Click below to see photos of the tornado and the aftermath in Boone County.

PHOTOS | Damage from tornado in Boone County | Funnel cloud and tornado in Boone County

A funnel cloud was first reported in the Lebanon, Indiana, area around 3:11 p.m.

The funnel cloud was confirmed to have turned into an EF-1 tornado on the ground at 3:24 p.m. The tornado touched down in the area of County Road 300 South and 800 East. Wind speeds were estimated as high as 110 miles per hour.


The Boone County Sheriff's Department said the tornado "ravaged" a barn, but didn't hit any other structures.

The barn was owned by Michael Carter – but Carter said he wasn't upset about the loss. He had a barn right beside the one he lost that would have been much worse for the tornado to hit.

"I've got a 1940 panel van in there and a 1915 Hearst, and I was just glad that nothing else got hurt," Carter said.

In a neighborhood nearby, Jean Weir was visiting her son's house with her two grandkids when she heard the tornado.

"We headed down two flights of stairs to the basement, but as I was coming on the main floor I saw the swirling out the back window," Weird said. "Debris. Wind. The trees were bent."

No injuries were reported as a result of the tornado, but several school districts did have students shelter in place and delay dismissals due to the tornado.

Elsewhere, Wayne and Rush counties were under tornado warnings, with reports of quarter-to-half-dollar-sized hail in some areas.