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Severe Weather Blog: School, fire station and homes damaged in suspected Rush County tornado

Tornado watches and warnings were in effect for many areas of central Indiana for extended periods Wednesday.

INDIANAPOLIS — Storms moved through central Indiana on Wednesday, with Hoosiers urged to Stay Weather Aware as tornado watches and warnings were in effect for many areas for extended periods. 

Rush County was among the many affected counties. First responders said a suspected tornado ripped through, damaging the roofs of both a fire station and elementary school as well as a handful of other buildings. 

And, in Madison County, the town of Summitville was shut down for a short time due to "considerable damage" from the storms. 

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We have live updates on Wednesday's severe weather below.

Wednesday night

10 p.m. - The Town of Summitville in Madison County was shut down for a short time Wednesday evening due to storm damage. 

According to our partners at the Herald Bulletin, all entrances to the town were closed after an emergency was declared. Law enforcement officials said "considerable damage" was reported to them after high winds blew through the town. 

Emergency crews and first responders were going door to door to check on residents, especially the elderly and those with medical challenges, the Herald Bulletin reported. 

The emergency declaration was lifted just before 10 p.m.

7:38 p.m. - 13News crews found some of the homes damaged in the Arlington area of Rush County along U.S. 52 between Morristown and Rushville.

7:12 p.m. - Rush County EMA Director Chuck Kemker tells 13News a suspected tornado damaged the Posey Township Volunteer Fire Department roof, the roofs and siding of 6 to 8 other buildings in Arlington and damaged the roof of Arlington's elementary school.

6:46 p.m. - A Tornado Warning is in effect for northwestern Randolph County in east central Indiana until 7:15 p.m.

6:35 p.m. - A Tornado Warning is in effect for northeastern Delaware County until 6:45 p.m.

Crews in Rush County are surveying damage in the area. The Posey County Volunteer Fire Department building suffered heavy damage to the roof.

6:31 p.m. - A Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Delaware county is in effect until 7 p.m.

6:13 p.m. - Rotation is showing up on radar for a storm near Summitville. 

6:01 p.m. - There is rotation on radar for a storm in Hendricks County north of Brownsburg.

5:50 p.m. - Here is a look at the damage from a suspected Tornado that hit Arlington, Indiana. This is the Posey Township Volunteer Fire Department.

5:41 p.m. - Sean is seeing rotation tightening on a storm in Decatur County.

Wednesday afternoon

5:26 p.m. - The Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Fayette County has been dropped.

5:24 p.m. - IU Health is alerting people living near 15th Street that a portion of the street will be closed tonight. Due to potential high winds this evening, the construction team needs to pull down the cranes. Residents of the nearby town homes and employees/customers of the U Haul business will continue to be able to access the alley way just east of the closure. The street will reopen once the weather is no longer a risk to safety.

Credit: IU Health

5:22 p.m. - A Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Fayette and Union counties is in effect until 6 p.m.

5:17 p.m. - Radar is showing rotation in a storm near Connersville. 

5:10 p.m. - Duke Energy is reporting about 261 customers without power. AES has about 2,400 customers out and RushShelby Energy reports 48 customers without power in the Arlington area.

5:05 p.m. - A Severe Thunderstorm Warning continues for Jennings County until 5:30 p.m. 

5:03 p.m. - Sean Ash is seeing rotation in a storm near Richmond. 

5:01 p.m. - Hail and strong winds are still possible for Flora, Rossville and Russiaville until 5:30 p.m.

4:41 p.m. - A Tornado Warning for Rush County has ended.

4:37 p.m. - Sean is warning about rotation over Shelbyville.

4:35 p.m. - Live Doppler 13 Radar did detect debris in the air from this tornado.

4:30 p.m. - A Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Bartholomew county is in effect until 5 p.m.

4:20 p.m. - Please, everyone in the path of this tornado...take cover and be safe.

4:15 p.m. - A Tornado Warning is in effect for Rush County until 4:45 p.m.

4:10 p.m. - Radar is showing rotation over Rush County. People should head to a safe place indoors.

4:02 p.m. - A Severe Thunderstorm Warning is in effect for Bartholomew and Brown counties until 4:30 p.m.

3:45 p.m. - Please stay Weather Aware as we head into the evening hours.

3:39 p.m. - The Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Ripley County has ended.

3:25 p.m. - Sean is keeping an eye on rotation in a storm near Bloomington.

3:12 p.m. - Sean is seeing rotation tightening over New Whiteland.

3:10 p.m. - Sean is reminding everyone the severe weather risk is not over.

3:08 p.m. - A Severe Thunderstorm Warning is in effect for Ripley County until 3:45 p.m.

3:03 p.m. - All of the Severe Thunderstorm Warnings for the area have expired.

3:02 p.m. -  Rain is really coming down in Greenwood.

2:54 p.m. - Sean says we can expect more warnings from these storms.

2:44 p.m. - Hopefully we don't see any damage.

2:32 p.m. - Always worth doing a refresher of your severe weather safety plans.

2:31 p.m. - A Severe Thunderstorm Warning was issued for Johnson, Marion and Morgan counties until 3 p.m.

2:30 p.m. - A Severe Thunderstorm Warning for part of Jennings County was issued until 3 p.m.

2:28 p.m. - Central and southern Indiana are under a Tornado Watch until 10 p.m.

2:22 p.m. - Sean Ash is seeing rotation on radar near Brooklyn in Morgan County.

2:15 p.m. - A Severe Thunderstorm Warning is in effect for Hendricks, Morgan and Jennings counties until 2:30 p.m.

2:11 p.m. - Sean Ash is keeping an eye on some rotation southwest of Monrovia.

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