Tornadoes were reported to have caused severe damage around the Henrysville area in southern Indiana. A spokesman for the Clark County Sheriff's Office told NBC News that Henrysville High School suffered damage. And the Weather Channel for only the second time issued a TORCON warning of 10 as multiple tornado-producing supercells headed across northern Kentucky – meaning forecasters at the channel believe there is a 100 percent chance of a tornado within 50 miles. The TORCON system was developed a few years ago, and the top warning was first used April 27, 2011, during the devastating tornado outbreak across the South. So far, no fatalities have been reported from the weather Friday. But there was “significant damage” to the Harrison-Ooltewah area, north of Chattanooga, Tenn., and an unknown number of people with severe and minor injuries, said Amy Maxwell, a spokeswoman for Hamilton County Emergency Services. “At least 20 homes have been ripped off the foundation,” she told msnbc.com. “We do have crews having to go out on foot … because the roadways are blocked.” The Island Cove Marina “got hit hard as well” but all people living there were accounted for, Maxwell said. A tweeted photo showed a jumble of boats and buildings. “We had one that touched down on April 27” last year, she said. “Unfortunately, we’re getting hit again. Seems like it’s starting to become a common thing. We hope that’s not the case.” - MSNBC.WATCH: Super-cell tornadoes rip through America's Heartland.
UPDATE: WIPED OUT - Indiana Town "Completely Gone" After Tornado!
Powerful storms stretching from the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes wrecked two Indiana towns and killed at least eight people Friday as the system tore roofs off schools and homes, flattened a fire station, flipped over tractor-trailer trucks and damaged a maximum security prison. It was the second deadly tornado outbreak this week.
Tornadoes have left widespread damage in southern Indiana and a sheriff's official says at least one town of about 1,900 people is "completely gone." National Weather Service coordinator Bill Whitlock there's "extreme damage" in the area of Henryville, a town of about 3,000 people just north of the Kentucky border. Destruction can be seen for miles and a school district spokeswoman says heavy damage has been reported at Henryville High school. Clark County Sheriff's Department Maj. Chuck Adams says the nearby town of Marysville is "completely gone." Indiana Department of Homeland Security spokesman John Erickson says there are injuries but no immediate reports of fatalities. Officials say they've had difficulty confirming reports due to downed power and telephone lines. - Huffington Post.WATCH: Mayor, Mike Moore - "Neighboring town is gone".
UPDATE: Enormous Outbreak of Tornadoes - Death Toll Rises to 28!
A devastating storm system moved across the United States on Friday, spawning a slew of tornadoes that contributed to at least 28 fatalities in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio. National Weather Service meteorologist John Gordon reported Friday afternoon the agency had about "half a dozen reports of tornadoes on the ground," as well as reports of "significant damage" -- making his comments before some of the worst twisters were reported. "This is an enormous outbreak that's going on right now across Kentucky and the South," Gordon said. "It's crazy. It's just nuts right here." Southern Indiana was particularly hard hit, with Indiana Department of Homeland Security spokesman John Erickson saying three had died in Jefferson County as a result. Sgt. Rod Russell with the Indiana State Police said later that three people also were killed in Scott County.WATCH: Tornado flattens Henryville, Indiana.
In addition, Emergency Management Director Leslie Cavanaugh of Clark County -- which has about 110,000 people -- reported one death. Sheriff's Department Maj. Chuck Adams added that a man was found dead in his car several miles outside Henryville. "We've got total devastation in the north-ceindntral part of the county (and) widespread damage from the west to the east," added Adams. "We are inundated with calls." At least 15 people were killed across Indiana, authorities said. Aerial footage from CNN affiliate WLKY showed structures torn to shreds and large swaths of trees knocked down in Henryville, about 20 miles north of Louisville, Kentucky. Other aerial images showed similar devastation in St. Paul, Indiana. Several officials -- including Jeffersonville, Indiana, Mayor Mike Moore, U.S. Sen. Dan Coats and Adams -- indicated that the town of Marysville suffered especially significant damage. Cavanaugh also said that the local high school, Henryville Junior-Senior High School, had been "demolished." - CNN.
WATCH: Tornadoes kills 28.