EF1 tornadoes confirmed in Jennings County


The National Weather Service confirmed two tornadoes hit Jennings County on Thursday night as severe weather rolled through southeastern Indiana.

Survey teams visited the county Friday, according to a Facebook post by Jennings County Emergency Management Agency.

The first tornado south of Vernon was determined to be an EF1 tornado, which had maximum wind speeds of 100 mph and caused damage to three homes.

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A second EF1 tornado with 95 mph winds struck a wooded area in far northern Jennings County. Trees were damaged in this event.

No injuries reported from either tornado.

Photos shared on the EMA’s Facebook page show three holes in the roof and shingles and siding missing from a home, a detached garage missing its roof and collapsed and a trailer turned on its side at another home, a tree uprooted near a home and trees knocked down and debris strewn in yards of other properties.

The National Weather Service in Indianapolis issued a tornado warning for northeastern Jennings County around 8 p.m. Thursday. A severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located 9 miles west of Osgood in Ripley County moving northeast at 35 mph. The radar indicated rotation.

The thunderstorm was expected to remain over mainly rural areas of southeastern Decatur County and northeastern Jennings County.

Storm-related damage also was reported near the Decatur County community of Millhousen and in Ripley County, and some power lines also were downed, according to The Associated Press.

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