Firefighters witness small tornado in Vigo County

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A possible tornado was spotted in Riley, Ind., in Vigo County Thursday evening.

Courtesy Ripley Fire Department

Following an announcement over the radio by Central Dispatch regarding the possible touchdown of a tornado, the members of the Riley Fire Department looked west out onto State Road 159. Personnel were surprised to see a tornado west of the firehouse in a field traveling northwest, narrowly missing the Volunteer Field at Riley Recreation League and striking a nearby residence.

The only damage found in Riley was a storage shed at the residence that had been leveled. No injuries were reported.

Riley Fire Department would like to remind people to heed warnings and watches when issued by the National Weather Service. In the event of a warning, seek shelter in a sturdy interior room. Severe thunderstorms can and do produce tornadoes.

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