On the afternoon of Friday 2 March 2012, an fast moving cold front released several violent tornado over Southern Indiana and Kentucky. The town of Henryville suffered extensive property damage, while Jefferson County sustained four fatality and many additional injuries.
This page collects many links to local coverage of these events, specifically the tornado activity that came nearest to Madison, Indiana. Please leave a comment below to share your own memory of that terrible afternoon. You can read more details about these events, including a list of confirmed tornado, on Wikipedia. The local Madison newspaper also has reported extensively on these events (here, here, here, here, here, here)
Photos & Video
- Several local reported produced this raw video immediately after the storms hit the Chelsea, Paynesville area in Jefferson County, IN March 2, 2012. All four local fatalities were immediately in the area of this video. They include an interview with the bus drivers who saved 80 children from Southwestern (Hanover) School system.
- Chelsea, Indiana tornado damage slideshow from WHAS 11.
- John Belski compares the 1974 outbreak with 2012 and 2011 events
- Many local readers have submitted photos to the Madison Courier. You can also see pictures of the Marysville, Indiana Tornado damage. Local reporter, Evan Shields, took this funnel cloud photo near Paynesville. Our local radio station, WIKI 95.3 radio in Madison, collected these tornado photos.
- See photos of Milton Firehouse #2 damage and this Tornado photo from near Milton, KY (video of the same).
- We compared the damage from this tornado along Hwy 62 in Chelsea with Google Maps of the same area. Wave3 also posted the following radar image and link to the National Weather Service animated radar from the event.
Four Tornado Deaths in Saluda Township
This is a major concern for parents and the school board should investigate this incident carefully. According to an interview in the video above, 80 children were in danger. Report according to Evan Shields with the Madison Courier (4:54 PM – 2 Mar 12 )
Buses 13, 14 and 16 from Southwestern schools took shelter at the Chelsea General Store. Kids are there now and they are safe.
Names Released: According to Evan Shields from the Madison Courier, the following information was released by the Jefferson County Coroner Alice Carlson-Jackson.
The four who died in yesterday’s tornado are John K. Poyner, 30, Nancy C. Jackson, 70, Daylynn Jackson, 4, and Terry M. Jackson, 70. Nancy and Perry are husband and wife. Daylynn is their grandson, Coroner Alice Carlson-Jackson said this morning.
More Damage Reported at Lee Bottom
Lee Bottom Flying field reports damage on Facebook.
Friend says all our building including house are without roof. Sinful Sunday shelter gone…..Ginger and animals OK and that is all I know. I am in NY and making way home
Red Cross Emergency Shelter
Chelsea Church of God has been turned into a shelter for those who have no place to stay. They are also providing food and Red Cross relief. They are looking for donations of all kinds… food, toiletries, clothes, blankets, baby items, anything you can give will not be turned away.
Looting in Paynesville
About 8:30 PM, the Madison Courier reported: Madison police Chief Dan Thurston (
@dthurston11) said there is some looting going on in Paynesville after the storms hit. One many was arrested in nearby Henryville Indiana for looting cooper from wrecked homes.