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Ohio River Valley avoids severe damage; tornado touchdown confirmed in Lawrence County

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A wall cloud in Seymour, Ind. A wall cloud in Seymour, Ind.
A WDRB viewer captured this possible funnel cloud in Corydon, Ind. A WDRB viewer captured this possible funnel cloud in Corydon, Ind.

SEYMOUR, Ind. (WDRB) -- The same weather system that killed at least five people in Illinois came barreling into Southern Indiana late Sunday afternoon, leaving minimal damage and only minor injuries.

Around 4 p.m. heavy winds and rain started hitting south central Indiana, and by 6 p.m. the weakened system moved into the Louisville area.

The hardest-hit communities included Kokomo, Lafayette and Washington, Indiana. All three suffered significant property damage, and several injuries were reported in Kokomo. 

Grant County Emergency Management Director Bruce Bender says one person was injured when two or three mobile homes rolled over at the Summit Village Trailer Park. Bender says four homes were damaged, including two extensively between Marion and the town of Sweetser.

Indiana Governor Mike Pence praised the work of emergency responders, community leaders and residents who heeded warnings throughout the fast-moving storms. He planned to visit the communities on Monday. He says it's too soon to say whether the state will seek disaster assistance.

On Twitter, viewers were sharing pictures of what appeared to be funnel clouds in Vincennes, Lebanon, and Corydon, Indiana, while WDRB cameras captured what looks to be a rotating wall cloud about a mile north of Seymour, just along state road 50.

In Kentucky, the National Weather Service issued a tornado watch for several counties in the southern part of the state.

A watch was in effect until 7 p.m. Sunday for Trigg, Todd, Christian, and Calloway counties, and until 9 p.m. for Simpson, Logan and Allen counties.

A wind advisory was also in effect for Louisville and the surrounding area. The advisory was in effect until midnight.

Officials said a storm front, stretching from Bowling Green through Louisville to northern Frankfort, was expected to bring heavy rain and damaging winds.

On Monday, the National Weather Service confirmed a tornado touchdown in Bedford, Indiana.

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