Weather Officials Confirm EF-1 Tornado in Bloomington

Two waves of storms tore through South-Central Indiana Wednesday evening.

Two waves of storms tore through South-Central Indiana Wednesday evening. Meteorologists and inspectors spent today surveying the damage. The National Weather Service confirms an EF-1 tornado, with wind speeds between 86 and 110 mph hit a mobile home park west of Bloomington.

Vehicles and trailers overturned, windows were shattered, and tree branches fell into power lines. Brad Taylor saw his neighbor’s home destroyed and says the experience left him with few words. “We’re going to die, my wife and son were praying the entire time,” said Taylor. “I’m just thankful there were no fatalities here last night, and I don’t want anybody else to go through it.”

Monroe County Central Emergency Dispatch Communications Manager Jeff Schemmer says his office was inundated with calls, practically as soon as the storm hit Monroe County. “During the first hour we had 234 calls that came in to dispatch for various complaints,” he said.

Extra officers and dispatch personnel were called in to assist with road closings and calls, but police said they’d caught up with the backlog of calls by about midnight.

Shameka Neely

Shameka Neely, a native of Nashville, Tennessee enthusiastically joined WTIU as Senior Reporter/ InFocus Producer in the news department. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational and Corporate Communication, with a minor in Marketing and Masters of Arts Degrees' in Administrative Dynamics and Communication all from Western Kentucky University. Shameka also holds a Master of Arts degree in Journalism from Indiana University.

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