HOBART, Ind. (AP) _ A tornado damaged shopping areas and overturned tractor-trailer rigs in northwest Indiana, but only two people suffered minor injuries.

The twister touched down in Merrillville late Saturday afternoon, damaging a shopping center and overturning tractor-trailers parked nearby, police said.

It stayed on the ground and passed through Hobart, about 5 miles away, where it ripped the roof off a Kohl's department store and damaged a Bennigan's restaurant near the busy Southlake Mall.

``This was my first time seeing a tornado that close, and it was both scary and cool,'' said 10-year-old Seth Gunter of Wheeler. He watched the storm as his father drove along a nearby highway, swerving to avoid debris from the Kohl's building.

Two people were treated for cuts caused by flying glass at Bennigan's.

Across the state line in Illinois, a funnel cloud was spotted near Naperville, but no damage or injuries were reported.

Another tornado touched down Saturday evening in Wisconsin's Racine County, destroying a barn. No injuries were reported.