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(Richmond, IN)--Cleanup will continue Monday at the Richmond Mall after Saturday night’s tornado.  Mall officials indicated Sunday that it will likely be at least several days before two stores – JC Penney and Office Max – will be able to open.  Both of those stores sustained substantial roof and other structural damage.  Debris from the mall was found as far away Sunday as Gravel Pit Road, which is on the path the tornado took.  A heavy HVAC unit on the mall’s roof was thrown onto National Road East.  The interior of the mall will remain closed at least through Monday.  The National Weather Service confirmed Sunday that it was a tornado that struck the Richmond Mall on Saturday night.  Although it’s not likely to be rated as a strong tornado, it did significant damage to the mall and several other structures.  The National Weather Service indicated the tornado formed near the intersection of South 37th and A Street, struck the mall, crossed National Road East to Woodside Drive, and then dissipated near Gravel Pit Road.  Two other tornadoes were confirmed in the Whitewater Valley.  One touched down near Mitchell Road in northern Union County.  Another heavily damaged a church in the Bentonville area of Fayette County.  While Saturday night’s Richmond tornado was extremely rare, it’s not completely unheard of.  According to the website, a touchdown inside Richmond’s city limits is not unprecedented.  In 1963, there were two.  One struck near Clear Creek Park.  Two months later, a tornado hit near Earlham College.  A weak tornado touched down near Salisbury Road in 1976.  Since 1956, Wayne County has had 18 tornado touchdowns.  No one has ever been killed.  And, before this weekend, only one person had ever been hurt.

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