Tornadoes touch down; flooding threatens

FINDLAY, Ohio — Storms with heavy rain, high winds and hail flooded homes and roads Monday and knocked out power in parts of the Midwest, where at least six people were injured.

Three tornadoes touched down in Indiana. Three homes in Kentucky were destroyed by a tornado.

Flooding was a threat in all 88 of Ohio's counties, the National Weather Service said. Wind gusts of 60 mph or more were recorded in several locations, followed by scattered reports of homes with roof damage, uprooted trees and downed power lines.

It's likely to get worse, especially around Findlay, where resident know all too well what to do when there's a threat of flooding.

Sandbags were being distributed and city officials made individual warning calls to downtown businesses as forecasts called for the Blanchard River to rise 6 1/2 feet above flood level, just a foot lower than a catastrophic 2007 flood that swamped this town 45 miles south of Toledo. The river was expected to rise overnight before beginning to level off this morning.

Crews in boats rescued nearly 30 people, including a group trapped in a mobile home park, in western Ohio, said Mike Robbins, Mercer County's emergency management director. There were no reports of injuries.

In Illinois, six people were treated at a hospital in Maryville, northeast of St. Louis, where the storm tore off part of the roof at a church. In nearby Troy, the storm bent a football field's scoreboard and blew bleachers onto the field.

In Indiana, a tornado hit Celestine, a town of about 250 people in Dubois County, and damaged two homes and a double-wide trailer, the weather service said.

The weather service also reported a tornado near Ingalls, northeast of Indianapolis, that damaged two homes, barns and a trailer.

A similar storm touched down near Utica, near the Kentucky state line.

And a tornado destroyed three homes in Kentucky's Henry County, northeast of Louisville, authorities said.

Two people were treated for minor injuries, state police Trooper Michael Webb said.