MARTINSVILLE, Ind. (AP) -- Severe storms, and at least one tornado, ravaged parts of Indiana and Ohio, destroying homes and businesses, flipping cars and blowing off rooftops. Ten people were injured at a harvest festival where lights toppled onto a crowd.
Friday's violent weather raked parts of a 150-mile stretch in the southwestern corner of Indiana, dumping 5 inches of rain in some places.
"It could have been a lot worse if it had occurred in the nighttime," said Dave Barger, a city councilman who was helping organize volunteer relief efforts in Martinsville, a town about 20 miles south of Indianapolis that had some of the worst damage.
Gov. Frank O'Bannon surveyed the damage aboard an Indiana National Guard helicopter Saturday, stopping in Ellettsville, about 30 miles south of Martinsville, where dozens of homes were damaged.
"We followed the path from Martinsville to down here and you see the treetops gone in 100 to 200 yard swaths," O'Bannon said. "It's one of those things that just tells you about the force of nature. It's way past any of the forces we have."
Lights set up for a harvest festival in Crestline, Ohio, toppled in the wind and fell on a crowd. An 11-year-old girl was left in critical condition, a 64-year-old woman was in serious condition and eight others were treated at hospitals and released.
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