PERU, Ind. (WLFI) - The National Weather Service said Thursday that an EF-1 tornado touched down this week southwest of Peru.
Severe thunderstorms moved through Peru early Wednesday afternoon and left significant damage. The National Weather Service of Northern Indiana confirmed an EF-1 tornado touchdown one mile north of Wells. They also said winds reached 95 miles per hour as the storm rolled through.
Meteorologists Mike Lewis and Courtney Obergfell were sent to Peru Thursday morning to evaluate the situation. Obergfell said they worked with Miami County's Emergency Management to determine the path of the storm.
"We go path by path, point by point. And look at every tree, every piece of damage," said Obergfell.
Most of the destruction was along Peru's west and south sides. This includes homes, local businesses and a park on the south side. Gary Workang has been a resident of Peru for the past 40 years and said he is shocked by the amount of damage.
"It is just incredible looking around at some of the houses and the trees down. And this is the park I used play in a long time back as a kid and where I took my daughter for a long time," said Workang.
Even with all the damage, the utility crews and local business have been working numerous hours to get everything up and running. Miami County Emergency Management Director Kris Marks says he is pleased with the progress so far.
"I've been director of this for three years, although I have been around 12 in this job (in the county's Emergency Management Agency). And we have a new police chief this year and some new faces. This is our first real test with working together and (it went) super," said Marks.
The community of Peru continued to clean up the debris out the street, the damage to their homes and businesses Thursday.
"We'll recuperate and we'll pick up. People are already starting to rebuild and that's what Peru's all about," said Workang.
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