Editor’s note: This is a preliminary report gathered from scanner traffic, and information has not been verified with first responders.
Firefighters, police officers, sheriff’s deputies, EMS workers, and other first responders struggled to check on people and rescue them after a possible tornado tore a path through Central Indiana north, and west of Bloomington, Indiana.
A tornado warning was issued by the National Weather Service for Monroe County around 11 p.m., but the storm had already damaged multiple structures in Sullivan, Indiana. Law enforcement could be heard preparing in Spencer, Indiana as a tornado headed toward the city.
Then not long after, first responders could be heard saying a tornado had destroyed trees and flipped over campers in McCormick’s Creek State Park. However, trees were blocking roads and access into the park, and first responders were having trouble. A while later it sounded like most people in the park had been located. There are hundreds of trees down, according to scanner traffic.
A Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputy could be heard saying they encountered golfball-sized hail on County Line Road. Visibility was about five feet.
Meanwhile, firefighters and other first responders struggled to get to West Wolf Mountain Road near Stinesville, where multiple structures were reported damaged. County Line Road was blocked with powerlines, and other roads to the area were also blocked.
Currently, first responders are still out trying to help people and locate them. Some roads are still blocked, and there are powerlines down.
Please don’t venture out into the affected areas, most deaths from tornadoes aren’t from the tornado itself but from accidents in the aftermath.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.