Tornadoes Leave Chaos and Destruction After Pounding 3 States

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At least four people were killed in Ohio as tornadoes swept through the area, according to reports.

The Logan County sheriff confirmed the fatalities to WSYX. Sheriff Randall Dodds had earlier said two of the deaths occurred at a mobile home park in Lakeview after a tornado had reportedly struck in the area.

Deaths were also initially reported at another mobile home park in Winchester, Indiana, in early police reports that confirmed the details to multiple outlets, including Fox and NBC News, after a storm blew through Randolph County about 8 p.m. local time. Two tornadoes had earlier touched down outside Madison, Indiana, around 2:30 p.m.; one in Hanover and a second in neighboring Switzerland County, according to The Columbus Dispatch.

In a statement to The Daily Beast, Sgt. John Perrine of the Indiana State Police said there were no confirmed fatalities, adding, “We released 3 earlier but that has since been proven false.”

The news came as at least three other tornadoes pummeled Kentucky and Ohio, where severe weather struck another trailer park, near Indian Lake.

According to The Columbus Dispatch, a shortage of ambulances was reported after the trailer park was hit by a tornado, “or at least very high winds that have caused extensive damage.”

It is unclear if there were any casualties. Several tornado warnings were issued across the state including a “very serious” and “very dangerous” half-mile wide tornado reported by the National Weather Service in northern Ohio on Thursday night.

Dozens of buildings were damaged or destroyed and power was cut to thousands of homes.

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear confirmed a couple of minor injuries were sustained after a tornado moved through Trimble and Carroll counties. Beshear said no one is reported is missing but it does appear there is “really significant damage” to at least 100 structures in the town of Milton.

He added that more storms were expected to roll through the state Thursday night into Friday morning, including more possible tornadoes.