This information was released Saturday morning:
State of Indiana Response to Tornado Activity in Southeastern Indiana
Early reports indicate the heaviest damage is concentrated in southeastern Indiana including substantial damage in Henryville in Clark County, Marysville in Clark County, and Pekin and New Pekin in Washington County.
Communications: Only limited communication issues are being reported at this time.
Power Outages: Widespread power outages have been reported across Southern Indiana
Utilities: Due to many gas leaks, all natural gas services have been turned off in Henryville.
Four shelters in the affected area are open at this time:
Charlestown High School,
1 Pirate Place Charlestown
South Ripley Elemantary School
1568 South Benham Road Versailles
Lide White Boys and Girls Club
1551 M.S.H Northgate Road Madison
209 S. Main St. Salem
While significant numbers of injuries are being reported, there are no reports of local medical facilities being overwhelmed.
There are 13 confirmed fatalities
Jefferson County, 4
Scott County, 3
Ripley County, 2
Washington County, 4
* Note, Clark County Sheriff’s Department personnel have confirmed one fatality in Henryville
I-65 south of mile marker 19 is open but moving very slowly.
U.S. 31 between U.S. 50 and U.S. 104 is only open to emergency personnel. It is closed to the public.
For information on road closures, visit the Indiana Travel Conditions site, which can be found at http://indot.carsprogram.org or by calling (800) 261-ROAD (7623)
State Emergency Operations Center:
Under the leadership of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, the Indiana Emergency Operations Center has increased staffing and will remain activated 24 hours a day to monitor conditions and provide resource support to county emergency agencies in areas affected by this afternoon’s severe storms and tornado activity.
State Agencies supporting activities in the State EOC include:
Indiana Board of Animal Health
Indiana Department of Administration
Indiana Department of Correction
Indiana Department of Environmental Management
Indiana Department of Homeland Security
Indiana Department of Natural Resources — Indiana Conservation Officer
Indiana Department of Transportation
Indiana Family and Social Services Administration
Indiana National Guard
Indiana State Department of Health
Indiana State Police
Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission
Integrated Public Safety Commission