Storms hit Michiana

By: NewsCenter 16 Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Email

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is warning Hoosiers to take cover from a dangerous line of thunderstorms packing tornadoes.

Pence says the cities of Washington in southwestern Indiana and Lebanon in central Indiana have sustained significant damage, but he doesn't have specific information yet.

Pence is at the Emergency Operations Center of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security. He says 12 counties are reporting either tornado touchdowns or storm damage. And that's after the initial line of storms had traveled only halfway across the state. Pence says that line of storms was moving at 50-70 mph.

The National Weather Service says a tornado has damaged several houses in Washington.

Indiana State Police Sgt. Kim Riley says a teacher has been injured after the storm heavily damaged a school south of Lafayette.

Tornado watches have now been lifted for Cass, Fulton, Marshall, Pulaski, St. Joseph and Starke Counties. High wind warnings are still in effect.

Local and state authorities continue to monitor the weather.

More than 44,000 people are without power in Michiana alone.


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