Tornadoes rip through the Midwest leaving 3 dead in Ohio: See photos of damage, aftermath

WINCHESTER, INDIANA - MARCH 15: An aerial view shows homes destroyed by a tornado on March 15, 2024 in Winchester, Indiana. At least three people have been reported killed after a series of tornadoes ripped through the midwest yesterday.
WINCHESTER, INDIANA - MARCH 15: An aerial view shows homes destroyed by a tornado on March 15, 2024 in Winchester, Indiana. At least three people have been reported killed after a series of tornadoes ripped through the midwest yesterday.
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Aftermath from tornadoes that swept across the Midwest have left the region in shambles.

Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky were among the hardest hit states during the tornado outbreak which happened on Thursday night. Ohio is the state that received the most devastation. The tornadoes claimed three lives there. As of right now, Ohio is the only state reporting fatalities. The National Weather Service offices have confirmed a total of eight tornadoes struck Ohio following storm surveys conducted Friday. Authorities say the areas most affected were in the Indian Lake and Orchard Island, about 70 miles northwest of Columbus.

In Kentucky, a state of emergency was declared in three counties. On Saturday Governor Andy Beshear visited the town of Milton, Kentucky to the view the damage. And in Indiana, nearly half of the structures in the town of Selma were damaged. Tornadoes also hit Arkansas and Illinois.

Crews across the Midwest are working to sift beneath the rubble to survey the damage left behind.

Midwest tornadoes: Videos, photos show Midwest tornado outbreak in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky

See photos: Midwest tornadoes cause destruction

INDIAN LAKE, OHIO - MARCH 15: Families and neighbors help each other clean up after a tornado struck the area on March 15th, 2024 in Indian Lake, Ohio. The storms caused casualties, resulting in deaths, and left many people without homes.
INDIAN LAKE, OHIO - MARCH 15: Families and neighbors help each other clean up after a tornado struck the area on March 15th, 2024 in Indian Lake, Ohio. The storms caused casualties, resulting in deaths, and left many people without homes.
Jojo Gargano uses a chainsaw to cut up a tree that fell on a house in Hot Springs Village, Ark., Friday, March 15, 2024, after a tornado came through the area overnight.
Jojo Gargano uses a chainsaw to cut up a tree that fell on a house in Hot Springs Village, Ark., Friday, March 15, 2024, after a tornado came through the area overnight.
Mar 15, 2024; Lakeview, Ohio, USA; Drone footage shows the damage after a tornado struck the Lakeview, Ohio community.
Mar 15, 2024; Lakeview, Ohio, USA; Drone footage shows the damage after a tornado struck the Lakeview, Ohio community.
Damage is seen around Hanover, Ind. in Jefferson Manor neighborhood on Friday, March 15, 2024 after a tornado swept through on Thursday, March 14, 2024.
Damage is seen around Hanover, Ind. in Jefferson Manor neighborhood on Friday, March 15, 2024 after a tornado swept through on Thursday, March 14, 2024.
WINCHESTER, INDIANA - MARCH 15: An aerial view shows homes destroyed by a tornado on March 15, 2024 in Winchester, Indiana. At least three people have been reported killed after a series of tornadoes ripped through the midwest yesterday. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 776121298 ORIG FILE ID: 2087368014
WINCHESTER, INDIANA - MARCH 15: An aerial view shows homes destroyed by a tornado on March 15, 2024 in Winchester, Indiana. At least three people have been reported killed after a series of tornadoes ripped through the midwest yesterday. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 776121298 ORIG FILE ID: 2087368014
WINCHESTER, INDIANA - MARCH 15: Linemen work to restore power lines after a tornado on March 15, 2024 in Winchester, Indiana. At least three people have been reported killed after a series of tornadoes ripped through the midwest yesterday.
WINCHESTER, INDIANA - MARCH 15: Linemen work to restore power lines after a tornado on March 15, 2024 in Winchester, Indiana. At least three people have been reported killed after a series of tornadoes ripped through the midwest yesterday.
WINCHESTER, INDIANA - MARCH 15: Residents clean up after a tornado ripped through town on March 15, 2024 in Winchester, Indiana. At least three people have been reported killed after a series of tornadoes ripped through the midwest yesterday.
WINCHESTER, INDIANA - MARCH 15: Residents clean up after a tornado ripped through town on March 15, 2024 in Winchester, Indiana. At least three people have been reported killed after a series of tornadoes ripped through the midwest yesterday.
Governor Andy Beshear walks around the town of Milton, Ky. on Saturday, March 16, 2024 to see the damage caused by a tornado that came through the town on Thursday, March 14.
Governor Andy Beshear walks around the town of Milton, Ky. on Saturday, March 16, 2024 to see the damage caused by a tornado that came through the town on Thursday, March 14.

Contributing: Columbus Dispatch, Louisville Courier Journal

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