SW Indiana high school damaged by severe storm

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BOONVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Southwestern Indiana officials say a severe thunderstorm packing straight-line winds damaged a high school in the city of Boonville and left much of the city without power.

The Princeton Daily Clarion reports about 125 students were at Boonville High School when Friday evening’s storm damaged eight of the school’s classrooms.

Principal Mike Whitten says students were ushered into bathrooms and rooms without windows as the storm swept through. He says the students were “a little shaken up” but no one was injured. Whitten says several classrooms had their ceilings ripped off by the storm.

The National Weather Service says the storm produced straight-line winds estimated at up to 120 mph as it cut across Vanderburgh and Warrick counties. A survey team was assessing the region’s storm damage Saturday.

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