Severe storms barreled through parts of central Indiana on Memorial Day

Spawning tornadoes and causing extensive damage
Posted at 6:21 PM, May 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-28 18:27:17-04

RTV6 got a clearer picture of the severe storms that barreled through different parts of central Indiana on the evening of Memorial Day, which spawned tornadoes and caused extensive damage in multiple areas.

Thus far, the National Weather Service has confirmed four tornadoes: Pendleton, Grant County, Miami County and Henry County.

Possibly the hardest hit area of all — Pendleton.


A tornado destroyed homes, ripped up trees and brought down power lines in Pendleton on Monday night.


As of Tuesday afternoon, an estimated 1,500 to 2,000 people were without power.

The street department crews are doing a good job getting streets opened up in Pendleton. They don't have necessary two lanes of traffic opened up quite yet. But they are making progress in Madison County.

Starting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, people were finally allowed to return to their homes on the east side of Pendleton Avenue. People west of Pendleton Avenue, however, are still asked to stay away, or stay inside of their home and not to go outside.

Grant County

The National Weather service confirmed the tornado to hit Grant County was an EF-2. There is plenty of damage throughout this county that remains on Tuesday evening.

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Families have been cleaning up a significant amount of damage in grant County.

The American Red Cross and the utilities, as well as the county have been out checking on everything.

Miami County

An EF-2 tornado also ripped through Miami County on Monday night.

Miami County Emergency Management director, Kris Marks, told RTV6 most of the damage happened north of the town of Macy.

The tornado destroyed at least two homes and took down multiple trees and power lines.

The storm also damaged several buildings.

Henry County

The National Weather Service says an EF-1 tornado caused damage across parts of Henry County. Henry County Emergency Management director, Ron huffman, said a majority of the damage is just south of Middletown.

The damage from the tornado includes mostly trees and power lines down, but the storm significantly damaged a few buildings.

No injuries have been reported.

Severe Weather Preparedness Tips

Tips from the Indiana Department of Insurance on how you should prepare for severe weather.

1. Don't wait.

Bottom line, you shouldn't wait until it's too late.

Always be weather aware with resources like the RTV6 app and Stormshield App. Available in the Google Play store and iTunes.

2. Create a home inventory of your belongings.

So, if your home and things are damaged or destroyed, you can accurately file an insurance claim.

3. Review your insurance policies.

Know what is and isn't covered. Report your insurance claims as quickly as possible and always prepare for the worst.