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Tornado Confirmed in Gibson County


Photo: Chris Robb

Lightning strikes over Bloomington during a thunderstorm.

Severe weather has ended but flooding and clean-up from last night’s storm is underway. A National Weather Service damage survey team confirms a tornado in Madison county near Ingalls. The path length was just over one half mile with a width near 200 feet. 100 MPH winds destroyed a home and damaged barns. No one was hurt. One minor injury was reported near Frankton though, where high waters swept away a bridge injuring a motorist.

An emergency management official in Dubois county is reporting several injuries in Ellsworth. Four to five homes were damaged or destroyed due to 65 MPH thunderstorm winds.

The hardest hit area comes from reports in Gibson county where 6 homes in Oakland City were heavily damaged. Duke Energy reported just over 1,700 homes without power there and 1,900 homes overall Monday afternoon.

The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for most of central and southern Indiana following the 2 to 4 inches of rainfall Sunday night. Significant river flooding will occur by Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Indiana Department of Transportation crews are being deployed to barricade flooded highways and clear debris from drains. INDOT officials say at least 12 flooded highways were closed this Monday morning with several reports of stranded motorists.

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