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UPDATED: ‘Large, Dangerous’ Tornado Touches Down Near Shoals

Indiana faces a "high" risk of severe weather on Sunday afternoon and evening, including elevated chances of tornadoes and damaging winds.

UPDATED, 4:50 p.m.:  Tornado warning for Southwestern Decatur County and Northern Jennings County in effect until 5:15 p.m.

Most of south central Indiana is now in a severe thunderstorm warning. Affected counties include Southwestern Bartholomew County, Southern Brown County, Southern Daviess County, Southeastern Greene County, Western Jackson County, Lawrence County, Martin Jackson County, Lawrence County, Martin County, and Southern Monroe County.\

UPDATED, 4:25 p.m.: Parts of south central Indiana are under a Tornado Warning after a tornado touched down nine miles northw of Shoals. A severe thunderstorm northeast of Vincennes is capable of producing a tornado and moving east at 60 MPH.

Counties affected include Bartholomew, Brown, Davies, Jackson, Jennings, Knox Lawrence, Martin and Monroe. A Tornado Warning means take shelter immediately in the lowest level of the building you are in or near, away from windows.

An alert from the National Weather Service warns that considerable damage to homes, businesses and vehicles is likely and complete destruction is possible.

UPDATED, 4:17 p.m.: Radar indicates a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located 6 miles near Bedford and is moving northeast.

UPDATED, 4:05 p.m: The Indiana University Bloomington campus has also issued a Tornado Warning for campus. As of 4:05 p.m. the IU Men’s Basketball game scheduled for 5 p.m remains on, according to an official at Assembly Hall.

Most other Indiana counties remain under a Tornado Watch until 8 p.m. Sunday evening as forecasters warn of a “significant” threat of severe storms. A severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was southeast of Crawfordsville at 3:26 p.m.

UPDATED, 2:15 p.m. EST: The same cold front that spawned numerous tornado warnings in central Illinois will pass through Indiana through Sunday afternoon and evening. The Storm Prediction Center says much of Indiana faces an elevated risk for tornadoes and damaging winds.

“Instability, combined with extremely strong winds and wind shear will set the stage for widespread severe weather for central Indiana and surrounding areas,” says a forecaster at the Indianapolis office of the National Weather Service.

The Tornado Watch watch area includes the southern and central Indiana communities of Bloomington, Columbus, Seymour, Terre Haute, Greencastle and points north.

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