Yesterday at the conference I attended there was a distinct focus on disaster management and StormReady communities. Last night I decided to check with the Storm Prediction Center and post about an oncoming line of severe weather in response to yesterday's discussion. Today I woke up to find irony holding true to form.
The AP is reporting:
A tornado tore across southwestern Indiana early Sunday, cutting a swath through a mobile home park and smashing homes as residents slept, leaving at least 17 people dead and about 200 injured, officials said.
The tornado, which knocked out power to thousands, touched down near Henderson, Ky., and then jumped the Ohio River into Indiana about 2:15 a.m. CST, striking the Eastbrook Mobile Home Park in the state's southwest corner around Evansville.
Annie Groves, chief deputy coroner for Vanderburgh County, said at least 12 people were killed in the mobile home park. She said she expected the death toll to grow because an unknown number of dead and injured are believed still trapped in debris at the park.
At last count I saw the death toll is up to at least 17 people. Vanderburgh County, where Evansville is located, was designated as a StormReady community. Is your community StormReady? It seems as if people were killed in their sleep without warning. It will be interesting to see if sirens were sounded, reverse 911 was used, or other methods were used to warn people. Initial reports from the field indicated that this could have been in the F2 - F3 range.
For the latest updates, check with WFIE's continuing coverage on the tornado.
However, this threat is not yet over! A cold front pushing across the area is continuing to threaten to drop tornados. A new tornado watch is now in effect, and others are likely to be issued!
The latest activity loop: