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Severe Weather: NWS confirms tornado damage
OSGOOD, Ind. (Josh Knight) -- Some people are still cleaning up on the other end of the tri-state after Thursday night's thunderstorms.
Most of the area dealt with heavy rain and wind but the National Weather Service now says a tornado hit near Osgood in Ripley County.
Wind moved a house in Osgood off its foundation as storms moved through the area Thursday night. Now the National Weather Service says it wasn't just a thunderstorm.
Ken Haydu of the NWS said, "No we're definitely going to call it a tornado. The only question is now I've got to go back and crack the books and see if it's going to be an EF-0 or an EF-1. Right now I'm strongly leaning toward an EF-1."
All the insulation blown back at the house points to rotating winds and helped to conclude a tornado. Windows shattered on all sides and part of the roof tore off while trees snapped at the base and there was damage to the patio. All while a woman and her granddaughter were inside.
That woman was John Werner's mother and he said, "The house was hit on that one side really bad and the whole side was shifted over, but they were actually right in the middle of the house. And the room they were in was actually intact really well. That end of the house is completely destroyed, so they were lucky."
As the winds really started to pick up and you could tell the storm was intensifying the lady that lived in the home took her granddaughter and, one of the things that probably saved their lives or at least from injury, went into a closet. They sought protection in an interior closet. You hear meteorologists talk about that all the time and she actually got on top of her granddaughter to keep her safe as the tornado passed.
All day Friday family, friends, and neighbors cleaned out the house salvaging what they could. Everyone came together during this tough time. The house is a complete loss, but the grandmother and granddaughter inside were unharmed.