Weather Service: Indiana tornado count unclear

A Starbucks is flattened after an apparent tornado touched down Wednesday in Kokomo, Ind. Robert Scheer / The Indianapolis Star via AP

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The National Weather Service says it’s still unclear how many tornadoes touched down in Indiana on Wednesday.

The state’s Department of Homeland Security reported early Thursday that 12 tornadoes hit the state, but later the agency revised that number to eight.

Weather service meteorologist Joseph Nield says it’s not yet clear how many tornadoes touched down, although an EF3 tornado did strike Kokomo and an EF2 swept part of Montgomery County.

Nield says it’s likely several more tornadoes struck Indiana, but that those findings won’t come until later Thursday.

He says five separate weather service survey crews are scouring areas with storm damage in central and northern Indiana to determine if tornadoes struck there.

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