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WEATHER BLOG: Possible tornadoes hit parts of Central Indiana

Posted: 3:00 PM, Jun 15, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-15 23:26:09-04
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INDIANAPOLIS — Parts of Central Indiana are under a tornado watch until 10 p.m. Saturday.

Follow along with our live blog for updates:

11 p.m.
Rush County issued a travel advisory and is asking motorists to stay off roadways as officials assess storm damage.

10:50 p.m.
There are reports of damage in Stinesville and Ellettsville, according to the National Weather Service. Houses were destroyed and multiple trees were blown over in Stinesville in the Red Hill Road area. Large trees and a utility line were downed and a barn was destroyed in Ellettsville near North Mt. Tabor Road and West Cowden Road.

9:58 p.m.
RTV6's Rafael Sanchez is tweeting from Beech Grove. Follow Rafael at @RafaelOnTV.

9:56 p.m.
More than 9,200 Duke Energy and 3,000 IPL customers are without power. Approximately 6,000 households in the Columbus area are in the dark.

9:42 p.m.
Here are some severe weather safety tips from the Office of Public Health and Safety:

  • Pay attention to weather reports, warnings of thunderstorms and alerts that conditions could lead to a tornado. Be ready to change plans, if necessary.
  • If a tornado warning is issued, find shelter immediately. Stay away from windows, doors and outside walls. If driving, do not stop under an overpass or bridge. A low, flat location is safer.
  • When thunder roars, go indoors. A sturdy building is the safest place to be during a thunderstorm.
  • If boating or swimming, get to land and find a sturdy, grounded shelter or vehicle immediately.
  • Avoid flooded roadways — turn around, don't drown. Just six inches of fast-moving water can be hazardous.
  • Stay away from downed power lines and trees and report them immediately. Report fallen power lines to IPL at 317-261-8111 and downed trees by calling the Mayor’s Action Center at 317-327-4622 and selecting option 2.
  • City Leaders have been in contact with local Red Cross and anyone in need of non-emergency assistance or shelter can call Connect2Help by dialing 2-1-1.

9:29 p.m.
Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett has issued the following statement after a possible tornado touch down in Marion County:

9:15 p.m.
More pictures of possible tornado damage coming in from Beech Groove:

9:11 p.m.
Info from IMPD for those seeking shelter in Beech Grove:

9:06 p.m.

9:04 p.m.
A tornado warning has been issued for Rush County until 9:15 p.m.

9:02 p.m.
More pictures of damage is coming from Beech Grove.


8:52 p.m.
A tornado warning has been issued for Rush County until 9:15 p.m. and Decatur County until 9:30 p.m.

8:46 p.m.
A tornado warning has been issued for Bartholomew, Brown, Jackson and Jennings counties until 9:30 p.m.

8:23 p.m.
A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Hancock, Henry and Rush counties until 9 p.m.

8:13 p.m.
A tornado warning has been issued for Bartholomew, Brown, Jackson and Jennings counties until 9 p.m.

8:12 p.m.
A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Hancock, Henry and Rush counties until 9 p.m.

8:03 p.m.
Cameron Riddle was in a Burger King when the tornado warning ws issued in Marion County. Now he is in a freezer.

7:57 p.m.
A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Clay, Greene, Owen, and Sullivan counties until 8:30 p.m.

7:48 p.m.
A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Delaware, Hancock, Henry, Madison and Randolph counties until 8:45 p.m.

7:43 p.m.
A tornado warning has been issued for Jackson, Lawrence and Monroe counties until 8:30 p.m.

7:39 p.m.
A tornado warning has been issued for Bartholomew, Brown and Jackson counties until 8:30 p.m.

7:35 p.m.
A tornado warning has been issued for Hancock and Marion counties until 8 p.m.

7:26 p.m
A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Hancock and Marion counties until 8 p.m.

7:25 p.m.
Don't forget: Turn around, don't drown.

Here's an update from Hamilton County:

7:22 p.m.
Law enforcement officers are reporting damage to multiple homes, broken trees and downed power lines in Greene County.

7:14 p.m.
A tornado warning has been extended until 8 p.m. for Brown and Monroe counties.

7:08 p.m.
An areal flood advisory has been issued for Hamilton, Johnson, Marion, and Morgan counties until 10 p.m.

7:03 p.m.
A tornado warning has been issued for Brown and Morgan counties until 7:45 p.m.

6:55 p.m.
A tornado warning has been issued for Greene and Monroe counties until 7:45 p.m.

6:53 p.m.
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6:52 p.m.
Trained storm spotters in Owen County have reported a tornado near Freedom and Spencer. There are reports of trees and power lines down in the area.

6:44 p.m.
A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Hendricks, Johnson, Marion and Morgan counties until 7:15 p.m.

6:40 p.m.
A tornado warning has been issued for Monroe, Morgan and Owen counties until 7:15 p.m.

6:27 p.m.
A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Greene, Monroe and Owen counties until 7:15 p.m.

6:10 p.m.
A tornado warning has been issued for Clay, Greene and Owen counties until 6:45 p.m.

6:02 p.m.
A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Hendricks, Morgan and Putnam counties until 6:45 p.m.

5:55 p.m.
A tornado warning has been issued for Greene and Sullivan counties until 6:30 p.m.

5:37 p.m.
A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Clay, Greene, Owen and Sullivan counties until 6:15 p.m.

3:12 p.m.
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3:02 p.m.
You can view the latest forecast here and view a timeline of the radar what's ahead here.

2:50 p.m.
A tornado watch has been issued for Bartholomew, Brown, Clay, Daviess, Decatur, Greene, Hancock, Hendricks, Henry, Jackson, Jennings, Johnson, Knox, Lawrence, Marion, Martin, Monroe, Morgan, Owen, Parke, Putnam, Rush, Shelby, Sullivan and Vermilion counties until 10 p.m.

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