A powerful storm with at least nine confirmed tornadoes tore roofs off factories, ripped away storefronts, and destroyed homes across Indiana, Ohio, and into Pennsylvania, AP reports. Scuba divers found the bodies of two men inside a home’s flooded basement, where they were seeking shelter Sunday during a tornado warning in Erie, Penn., authorities said. Six people were hurt, though none seriously, at a restaurant in the western Ohio city of Celina on Sunday when a tornado touched down. Gaping holes could be seen in the concrete walls and roof of a nearby factory that makes heavy equipment.
The National Weather Service said Monday that at least six tornadoes hit northern and western Ohio, including one that began in Indiana and hopped along nearly 40 miles before hitting Celina. Several large livestock barns were flattened and neighbors pitched in to save nearly 400 cows at one farm in Mercer County. The other tornadoes in Ohio touched down in Ashland, Crawford, Sandusky, and Erie counties. In Indiana, survey teams confirmed at least three other tornadoes hit the cities of Salem, Muncie, and Springville. Close to 40,000 people near Cleveland and Akron were without power Monday morning and some were told it could take a few days before electricity was restored. A handful of polling locations in northeastern Ohio were moved for Tuesday’s election because of power outages.