ANDERSON — Madison County residents received a scare Thursday afternoon after a tornado formed just east of Hoosier Park Racing & Casino near Indiana 236.
Madison County Emergency Management Agency spokesman Todd Harmeson said a law enforcement official saw a funnel cloud form and reach toward the ground near Ind. 236 between County Roads 200 East and 300 East. The cloud formed just before 4 p.m. Thursday.
Harmeson said officials have not been able to find a point where the tornado actually made contact with the ground. Officials later ruled it had not touched down at any point.
"It was a relatively small one, and we haven't been able to find an impact point," Harmeson said. "It touched down in a field, passed just east of Markleville and into Henry County."
Harmeson also said not much structure damage was reported after the storm. A fallen tree on a house at 15th and Pearl streets was the worst damage reported. There were also reports of lightning strikes hitting two houses near Chesterfield.
There was no advance warning of a possible tornado. Residents across Anderson said the city's warning sirens did not go off to let people know a tornado might be coming.
Harmeson said EMA does not control those sirens, but added that there was no advance warning from the National Weather Service about a possible tornado. A tornado warning was issued for southeast Madison County, but it came after the tornado had already been spotted.
While the tornado was plowing east toward Henry County, flash flooding led to an accident in the western part of the county near Frankton.
After the 4 p.m. storm went through northern Madison County, reportedly dumping an inch of rain, Kyle Jones of Sheridan, a 21-year-old student at Ball State University, ran off the road to avoid crashing into other cars going through high water.