Reported Tornado Causes Minor Damage In Riley, Ind.

A small tornado reportedly touched down in Southern Vigo County at 8:24 Thursday night.

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    Photo: Courtesy: Riley Fire Department

    A tornado damaged a shed Thursday night in Riley Ind.

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    Photo: Courtesy: Riley Fire Department

    Riley firefighters captured this image of Thursday's tornado. No injuries were reported and the funnel cloud caused only minor damage.

People in the small town of Riley in Southern Vigo County are calling themselves lucky after a tornado reportedly hit there last night. It happened just before 8:30 p.m. Firefighters heard a dispatch announcement of a possible tornado near US 41.When they stepped outside to look, volunteer firefighter Kevin Murphy says they saw a funnel cloud on the ground traveling away from the firehouse.

“The one got his cell phone out and took two pictures of the tornado and the other one actually ran in to call the dispatch center and let them know there was a tornado on the ground heading toward the ball fields,” said Murphy. “And just behind the ball fields there is a small trailer park right around that area. So we are kind of thankful it didn’t go any further than it did.”

The funnel cloud only damaged a shed and some trees. No injuries were reported.

Sara Wittmeyer

Sara Wittmeyer is the News Bureau Chief for WFIU and WTIU. Sara has more than a decade of experience as a news reporter and previously served with KBIA at the University of Missouri, WNKU at Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights, KY, and at WCPO News in Cincinnati.

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