Tornados Barrel Through Central Indiana, Flattening Starbucks at Mall

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Three tornados swept through central Indiana on Wednesday, leaving an entire Starbucks location leveled as severe weather warnings continued.

A Starbucks in Kokomo, Indiana, was leveled in a tornado on Aug. 24, 2016. (Credit: WISH via CNN)
A Starbucks in Kokomo, Indiana, was leveled in a tornado on Aug. 24, 2016. (Credit: WISH via CNN)

Video from the scene showed the coffee shop in the city of Kokomo was completely destroyed. It wasn’t immediately clear if anyone was hurt.

Race car driver Conor Daly was in Kokomo to attend a memorial for driver Bryan Clauson when the severe weather hit. Everyone at the Kokomo Speedway was ordered to seek shelter,according to KTLA sister station WXIN in Indianapolis.

“Never seen anything like this before,” Daly tweeted.

In addition to the twister that struck Kokomo, another was reported west of Crawfordville and a third east of Indianapolis, according to CNN.

The damage came as a tornado warning was issued for five counties.

“Take Cover!” the National Weather Service in Indianapolis said repeatedly on Twitter, beginning just after noon Pacific Time.

Video posted to social media showed a dark, towering tornado in various posts.

Republican vice presidential candidate Gov. Mike Pence tweeted that he was leaving the campaign trail and returning home.

“We are leaving NC and getting back to Indiana. Serious storms and tornados. Please keep Hoosiers in your prayers,” Pence said.

The Starbucks that was destroyed appeared to be at the Markland Mall, a shopping center in Kokomo, about 60 miles north of Indianapolis.

CNN and the Tribune Media Wire contributed to this article.

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