Tornadoes rip through IN and Ohio

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At least half a dozen communities from eastern IN through central OH suffered damage, according to the National Weather Service, though authorities working through the night had reported no fatalities as of early Tuesday. Six suspected tornadoes were reported in Iowa, five in Nebraska, four in IL, three in Minnesota, while one suspected tornado was reported in Idaho in the West.

Police in Lawrence, Kansas, said a massive tornado left large trees, power lines and debris along the streets, making some major roads impassable.

More than 70,000 utility customers were without power in OH, the weather service in Wilmington said on Tuesday.

The storms come after a line of apparent tornadoes tore across IN and OH overnight.

On Tuesday, his home was a shambles: walls bent, doors tilted, the roof gone - another house crippled amid a stretch of severe weather that has tormented communities from the Rocky Mountains to the mid-Atlantic in recent weeks.

In Vandalia, about 16 km directly north of the city, Francis Dutmers and his wife were headed for the basement and safety Monday night when the storm hit with "a very loud roar".

"Most structural damage appears to have occurred near Lawrence as the tornado passed just outside the city limit", the Lawrence Police Department said in a tweet.

The calls came as search and rescue operations got under way, with emergency services working to clear the debris left by buildings destroyed by the tornadoes.

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Towns outside of Dayton, including Beavercreek and Northwood, were among those hit the hardest. In Brookville, where the storm tore off the school's roof, classes were canceled. Winds were so strong that residents said a auto was picked up by the storm, and windows were knocked out due to powerful winds. Multiple schools in the area were closed or had delayed starts Tuesday.

ODOT Dayton later posted images showing a snow plow clearing the debris from the interstate.

Flooded areas of Arkansas and Oklahoma were bracing for more rain that will feed the already swollen Arkansas River, forecasters said on Tuesday.

Over 40 people are receiving treatment for storm-related injuries at Dayton-area hospitals, according to hospital officials.

Monday, Marsh said, was the 11th consecutive day with at least eight tornado reports, tying the record.

"We do not know at this time if this was a tornado, straight-line winds or what the cause was" of damage in Pendleton, 35 miles (56 kilometers) northeast of Indianapolis, said Todd Harmeson, a spokesman for the Madison County Emergency Management Agency. "I know they want to get outdoors and I know they want to see what's going on in the neighbourhood, but we still have power lines down, we still have hazards out there", Harmeson said.

"We still have water still rising in the east", he said.

Early on Tuesday, U.S. President Donald Trump expressed his support for Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt, a Republican.

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