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  • Writer's pictureBill Raines

Seven Tornados At Least Confirmed in Indiana Friday night

STATE - APRIL 1, 2023 - According to the National Weather Service there were seven tornados that hit Indiana Counties Friday night. At least three people have died in Sullivan, Indiana according to Steven Jones, Indiana State Fire Marshal's Office.

Searchers are still trying to locate some missing persons from the aftermath of the storms.

There was a total of 21 killed in tornados across the South and Midwest Friday, into Friday night. Deaths were reported in Arkansas, Alabama, Illinois, Indiana, Mississippi and Tennessee.

There were at least 450 tornado warnings alerting residents of possible tornados across several states.

Hoosiers impacted by the storm are asked to call 211 or visit

The National Weather Service ratings from the tornados are:

  • Sullivan County - EF 3 with peak winds to 155 mph

  • Johnson County - EF 0 with peak winds to 85 mph south of Bargersville

  • Johson County - EF 2 with peak winds to 135 mph in Whiteland

  • Clinton County - EF - 1 with peak winds to 110 mph

  • Southwest Howard County - 2 EFO - tornados with peak winds of 80 mph

  • Southeast Howard County - EF -1 with peak winds at 110 mph

Searches, clean up and disaster responses continue for the counties effected by the tornados.

Mitchell residents expressed concerns over a tornado siren that has not worked since last year. This is one of two sirens the town has available.


Bloomington, IN – Troopers from Indiana State Police Post in Bloomington responded to numerous reports of damage throughout the Bloomington area as a result of a passing storm.

A severe storm was reported to have struck McCormick’s Creek State Park during the late evening. Responding Troopers focused on assisting the Owen County Sheriff’s Department, several Owen County Fire Departments, Owen County Emergency Services, and Indiana Conservation Officers with checking the park for potentially injured campers who were in various camp sites during the severe storm. Found campers were evacuated from the campgrounds with assistance from the Spencer-Owen County School Corporation, who supplied a bus to help with the transport. At this time, no series injuries have been reported.

Owen County Sheriff Ryan White reported power outages throughout the county including Spencer and Gosport.

Lawrence and Monroe counties reported downed trees while Morgan County reported downed trees and power lines which included loss of power in Martinsville. High winds also caused severe damage to buildings in Martinsville.

Photo: Submitted to Lawrence County Zephyr a tree fell on a truck on Dixie Highway during a storm Friday night in Lawrence County.

Troopers continued their response to storm damage throughout the night.

Citizens, who must travel, are reminded to be aware of debris, downed power lines, clean up crews, and possible flooded areas. The Indiana State Police recommends our citizens to exercise extreme caution and be prepared for storm damage throughout the Bloomington area.

Pictures below were taken at McCormick's Creek State Park.

Put your photos of area damage in the comment section of the Lawrence County Facebook page.

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