PERU, Ind. (WISH) - Storms that swept through Central Indiana on Wednesday left damage behind in Peru.
Dispatchers said most of the damage was centered on the west side of the city, which is in Miami County.
Peru Police Department officials said strong winds hit the city shortly before 2 p.m. There were no reports of serious injuries.
"We are not sure exactly what we are dealing with yet. We've got a damage field that stretches a half mile west of town and the main shopping plaza to our main park system," Miami County EMA deputy director Dave Moon said.
Chopper 8 flew over storm damage and discovered an overturned vehicle in the Aldi parking lot, along with the grocery store's sign on the ground. Many trees were uprooted throughout the area.
VIDEO 1 | Aerial view of Peru storm damage
VIDEO 2 | Aerial view of Peru storm damage
24-Hour News 8 reporter Daniel Miller spent the evening in Peru talking to those who witnessed the storm's wrath firsthand.
Overturned vehicles, downed trees and scattered debris for several miles, is what 24-Hour News 8 saw while traveling into Peru after the powerful storm moved through the Miami County city.
Up and down Main Street just west of town it would be hard to miss the destruction. Just about every business along State Road 24 had some type of damage.
PHOTOS | Storm tears through Peru
At the Kroger store on Main Street, dozens of employees and customers were inside during the storm.
"All of a sudden the lights go out, stayed out and you couldn't see and you kind of heard like a train sound and a lady and a little girl was screaming," said Bryce Duncan of Peru.
Outside the store, several cars in the parking lot were tossed around like toys. John Winters was inside an Aldi store next door when the storm hit. He was about to leave, but good thing he didn't. His pickup truck was on its side in the parking lot.
"As a result of this I'm very lucky to be alive and I'm very fortunate there's a positive to this," Winters said.
Peru Police were urging residents to stay in their homes because of power lines that were down on the west side of town. Miami County Emergency Management officials have instated a 9 p.m. curfew for all residents.
Officials said power crews will be out all night trying to restore power to the area. The power is expected to be back on in the area between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. Thursday morning.
City officials will meet at 8 a.m Thursday to create a clean up action plan, our partners at the Kokomo Tribune reports.
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