Lebanon Reporter

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November 17, 2013

SLIDESHOW and VIDEO: Tornado touches down in Lebanon; 27 homes damaged

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Lebanon —

Other agencies assisting were Boone County Emergency Management, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Boone County Amateur Radio.

While only two people were injured in the tornado, many Lebanon residents and workers enduring a harrowing experience as the tornado plowed through a section of the city.

Seventeen year old Carly Arnold had just reported to work at Starbucks and was making whipped cream when the storm hit.

The coffee shop was crowded as travelers had gotten off the highway seeking shelter from the storm, but there was little time to get ready.

"A man said 'get into the bathroom,'" Arnold said. "There wasn't even time to lock the door."

Arnold said that as fellow employee Jacob Bramlet had the glasses blown off his face while he was waiting to get into the restroom.

"People were screaming and one woman was lying on the floor because she was too scared to move," Arnold said. "We heard glass shattering and metal twisting. Then it sounded like a train."

They were only in the bathroom a few minutes, and when they opened the door they saw the building had been destroyed.

"It only came to me now how scary it was," Arnold said.

Just a little farther down Indiana 39, a semi trailer was blown from the Flying J truckstop into the southbound lanes of Interstate 65, closing the highway to just one lane. Husband and wife inside the truck were hurt and taken to Witham Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Lebanon Police Department Public Information Officer Lt. Brent Wheat said sightseers were a problem within the affected area as emergency responders and clean-up crews went to work.

Stokes Elementary was temporarily set up as a shelter for anyone injured or displaced by the storm.

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