Search and rescue efforts after reported tornado hits near Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Search and rescue efforts are underway in Hendricks County after a large tornado tracked through the area about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

At least three homes were destroyed by the tornado in Hendricks County, emergency managers said, with warnings issued for several counties.

Crews were going door-to-door in Plainfield, with numerous homes damaged or destroyed, officials told RTV6.

A storm spotter first reported a tornado on the ground in Speedway about 2:40 p.m. by a storm spotter. 

That report followed another report of a tornado on the ground with debris near Perry Road and U.S. 40 in Hendricks County moving east about 2:30 p.m.f

Tornado warnings were issued Tuesday afternoon for areas west and southwest of Indianapolis, including parts of Hendricks, Morgan and Marion counties.

Rotation was evident in the storm from weather radar, and a storm spotter said rotation was seen in a wall cloud in the storm.

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Wall clouds are often precursors to funnel clouds and tornadoes.

As of 2 p.m., rotation was seen on radar in southern Hendricks County. A few minutes later, the radar indicated the storm was weakening, but it strengthened again just west of Indianapolis about 2:30 p.m.

There were no other watches or warnings in the area.

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