EF-0 Tornado Touched Down in Northwest Indiana: NWS

The tornado, which was reported around 1:51 p.m. near Lowell, brought estimated peak winds as high as 85 mph and traveled on a 1.5-mile path, officials said

A "brief" EF-0 tornado touched down in Lake County, Indiana during afternoon storms Thursday, the National Weather Service confirmed. 

The tornado, which was reported around 1:51 p.m. near Lowell, brought estimated peak winds as high as 85 mph and traveled on a 1.5-mile path, officials said. 

No fatalities or injuries were reported in the storm and clean-up efforts were underway Thursday evening. 

“I was sitting on the couch, and it was hailing, then all of the sudden, ‘kaboom!,’ storm victim Angela Bursac said.

Bursac looked outside after she heard the loud noise, only to see her fence flying away. The strong winds also ripped a swing set and trampoline out of the ground, and caused damage to her home.

“We have a gas leak and water in our furnace, because the cap came off,” she said.

Bursac is one of several residents in Lowell cleaning up after the storm.

“We’re just grateful everyone is okay,” she said.

Elsewhere in Indiana, storms damaged the roof of an apartment building, and a church was also damaged.

The Three Creeks Elementary School also sustained damage, as the storms extensively damaged newly installed solar panels.

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