PERU, Ind. (WLFI) - A powerful storm ripped through Peru Wednesday, leaving behind unbelievable amounts of damage. Between grocery stores, homes and cars, the entire west side of town was left in shambles.
Just after 1 p.m., a thunderstorm ripped through the west end of town, tearing through everything in its path.
Deanna Miller's car ended up 50 feet away from where she parked in the Kroger parking lot.
"It was parked right over here, on this other side," said Miller, standing next to her car in its new location.
"The B and K down the road, there's no roof. It's caved in. There's trees on houses. Houses look like they're demolished. It's pretty scary. There's cars flipped over," said Dawn Utter, a Peru resident.
Despite all the damage, Miami County Emergency Management Director Kris Marks said the emergency operation center had just two reports of minor injuries. One was a foot injury.
"It is sounding fortunate that we have a very low level of injuries, considering what happened," said Marks.
Marks said the National Weather Service will be coming Thursday to help determine if there was a tornado or if it was just straight-line winds. He said until then, officials are going with county storm spotters.
"They're probably going to be talking to the Weather Service too. They have what we think is confirmed rotation. But as far as a touchdown, at what level, I don't know that yet," said Marks.
Either way, residents and businesses have already started the clean-up process.
"I've already contacted my insurance company and told them so they said they (were) going to report it. So, I'll go from there and try to get out of here as soon as possible," said Charlene Wright about her totaled car.
"I just hope that they all get the help they need. Hopefully, we'll get people in here to get it cleaned up and get it taken care of and just help everybody that needs a place to stay," said Utter.
Peru police and Mayor Jim Walker issued a curfew Wednesday night for the parts of town that are without power. Marks said that should protect belongings and abandoned cars and buildings. He said the power may be restored by 5 a.m. Thursday.
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