Governor Daniels will travel to southern Indiana areas damaged by Friday’s storms early Saturday morning. The first wave of storms rolled through south central Indiana bringing reports of hail as large as 1 3/4 inches Friday morning. The second, more powerful wave of storms that spawned tornadoes came that afternoon.
Forecasters at the National Weather Service say the storms were due to a warm front rising north across central Indiana that collided with a cold front. The storm systems were referred to as a “particularly dangerous situation.”
One of the first tornado reports came at 2:54 PM. A trained spotter reported a tornado on the ground and moving northeast 2 miles north of Palmyra in Washington county.
9-1-1 dispatchers in Washington County confirmed a tornado had touched down. Officials in Salem confirm multiple fatalities and significant damages to several buildings.
Storm spotter reports indicated the tornado then traveled near Henryville bringing reports of significant damage. A few minutes later, a bulletin from the National Weather Service stated, “multiple reports continue coming in of a tornado on the ground near Marysville, Indiana.” The tornado then headed toward Paynesville and Chelsea.
A statement released from the governor’s office read, “Once again Mother Nature has dealt harshly with Indiana. Our every thought is with those we’ve lost and those who have suffered. We’ve learned so much and improved so much in disaster preparedness, warning systems and responder communications but still we are no match for Mother Nature at her worst. We’re hopeful that we know the full extent of the damage but it will be tomorrow before we can give a final report with any confidence.”