At least 10 tornadoes are responsible for causing damage across Indiana Wednesday night, according to the National Weather Service. Emergency management types say the storms injured 17 people in Monroe County and 17 in Bartholomew County. Twelve people were treated for minor injuries around Bedford.
In our area at least three tornadoes occurred: one near Bloomington, one east of Bedford, in Lawrence County, and another in Greensburg in Decatur County, along with numerous reports of high winds and large hail.
Storm survey teams determined an EF-2 tornado struck near Bedford, damaging or destroying several buildings in a 7 mile long swath up to a quarter mile wide.
A brief EF-1 tornado overturned and destroyed several mobile homes just west of Bloomington. The Bloomington tornado damage was along SR45. The same storm also produced a broad, long swath of significant straight-line wind damage along SR45 to SR37 and continued east across the south side of Bloomington. Winds within this path were estimated at over 80 mph.
A high end EF-1 tornado, with maximum winds of 100-105 mph impacted the southwest side of Greensburg, with the most extensive damage from the Decatur County Airport northeast through Greensburg City Park and the Greensburg Country Club. Additional tornado damage was discovered in a neighborhood about one half mile south of the Interstate 74 and US 421 interchange. Additional analysis will be done to determine if this area of damage may have been caused by a second tornado. Severe hail damage was also observed throughout Greensburg.
Elsewhere, there was damage 1 mile west of the town of Letts in Decatur County. However, this damage was due to sporadic straight line winds. Damage in this area primarily consisted of downed trees, leaning power poles and lines, and part of a roof peeled off of a church.