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NWS: Two tornado tracks confirmed in Gibson County

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By Kendra Yagow - bio | email  
and Lorilyn Prestidge - bio | email 

GIBSON CO., IN (WFIE) - The National Weather Service confirmed one tornado is responsible for the damage in Owensville, and possibly another west of Princeton.

Rick Shanklin with the NWS says the storm  hit around 2 a.m. Monday, and included cyclical winds. They're estimating the funnel cloud measured 175 yards wide.

He says the eye originated around two miles to the west north west of Owensville, and right now they believe it went down a four mile track. However, discovery of more damage near Highway 41 makes them believe it could be longer.

One person was hurt. Authorities say more than 100 homes were affected, around 20 with major damage, and six with severe.

Utility crews are working to restore power, but are hitting a few snags along the way including sparking wires in downtown due to a power surge.

However, one neighborhood at a time, Oakland City is coming back to life.

At one point, 2,500 hundred were without power, but that number had dwindled considerably by Tuesday morning.

About 20 homes suffered major damage.

The Red Cross arrived in Oakland City to help the community set up temporary overnight shelter, and to provide additional relief.

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