The Herald Bulletin

November 17, 2013

12 Indiana counties report tornadoes or damage


The Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is warning Hoosiers to take cover from a dangerous line of thunderstorms packing tornadoes.

Pence says the cities of Washington in southwestern Indiana and Lebanon in central Indiana have sustained significant damage, but he doesn't have specific information yet.

Pence is at the Emergency Operations Center of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security. He says 12 counties are reporting either tornado touchdowns or storm damage. And that's after the initial line of storms had traveled only halfway across the state. Pence says that line of storms was moving at 50-70 mph.

The National Weather Service says a tornado has damaged several houses in Washington.

Indiana State Police Sgt. Kim Riley says a teacher has been injured after the storm heavily damaged a school south of Lafayette.

Hee are details from an earlier Associated Press:

The National Weather service says a trained spotter reported a tornado along Interstate 74 near Ind. 63 in northern Vermillion County on Sunday afternoon. It also reports power lines down in adjacent Fountain County.

Vermillion County Sheriff's Department Director of Communication Derrek Williams reports there's widespread damage in the northern part of the county, about 60 miles northwest of Indianapolis.

The Fountain County Emergency Management Agency reports a truck has tipped over on Interstate 74.

The weather service reports 1¼ inches of rain fell in a 90-minute period in the Owen County town of Gosport.

The National Weather Service said a tornado watch was in effect until 8 p.m. EST Sunday for much of the state.

A tornado warning was issued for northern Madison County.

At 3:50 p.m., Fox 59 reported a tornado on the ground at Swayzee, north of Elwood. A tornado was reportedly sighted near Alexandria, as well.

Fox 59 also was reporting warnings for Fishers and other Hamilton County communities.

The Herald Bulletin will continue to update this story.