Indiana Tornado Strikes: 38 Injured, 12 Hospitalized, Nearly 5,000 Powerless

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Randolph County, IN – A powerful tornado struck Randolph County, Indiana Thursday, inflicting injuries and cutting off power for residents. The severe weather event led to 38 reported injuries, with a dozen people needing hospital treatment. Nearly 5,000 households and businesses are facing power outages as recovery operations continue.

Amidst the chaos, a series of false information spread rapidly, claiming fatalities had occurred. The Randolph County Sheriff’s Department has categorically denied these claims, confirming there have been no deaths associated with the twister. Officials urge the public to rely only on verified sources for updates and cautions against the spread of unconfirmed reports.

The community’s response has been swift, with the Indiana State Emergency Operations Center mobilized and coordinating with local emergency personnel. The Indiana State Police are asking for the public’s cooperation in avoiding damaged locales to facilitate the ongoing clean-up and repair efforts.

As the county reckons with the tornado’s aftermath, emergency shelters, like Winchester High School, offer refuge, and Wapahani High School serves as a reunification center for displaced residents. The White River Volunteer Fire Department is welcoming volunteers aiding in the response. The focus remains on ensuring the safety and support of all affected individuals as the restoration of services and infrastructure is underway.

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