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Storm Reports Include Tornado Sighting in Clark County

Trained spotters in Paragon clocked thunderstorm wind gusts up to 50 mph and recorded pea size hail.

Bloomington Storm

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Lightning strikes over Bloomington during a thunderstorm.

12:45 PM UPDATE
Law enforcement officials in Clark county are reporting a tornado crossed I-65 near the 4 mile marker 4 miles north of Jeffersonville around 11:30 this morning. Damage reports include farm buildings being blown over, sections of roofs ripped off homes and a house under construction being destroyed near Holmans Lane and Veterans Parkway. Officials also report signs and vehicles are damaged in the area.

Duke Energy is now reporting 3,400 homes without power with the majority in Clark and Floyd counties.

11:15 AM UPDATE
A cold front colliding with unusually warm January temperatures produced severe weather over most of south central Indiana this morning.

Trained spotters in Paragon clocked thunderstorm wind gusts up to 50 mph and recorded pea size hail. Tree damage was reported in Knox and Dubois county. Storm reports also stated 3.5 inches of standing water at 3rd and Jordan streets in Bloomington. The only tornadic activity came from Crawford county in southern Indiana where a trained spotter indicated a rain wrapped funnel cloud 1 mile southeast of Curby.

Most of the damage reports came 2 miles north of Madison in Jefferson county. Emergency management reported a roof ripped off a building on IN 62. Power lines and trees are also down with wind damage a mile wide near the airport.

Close to 2,000 homes are without power according to Duke Energy including 850 in Monroe county and 500 in Gibson county.

Forecasters at the National Weather Service say there is a chance for light snow starting this afternoon through early evening with little to no accumulation. Snow is possible Thursday, Friday and Friday night.

Joe Hren

Anchor, Indiana Newsdesk - WTIU & WFIU News. Follow him on Twitter @Joe_Hren

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