June 2, 1990: Remembering the deadly tornado outbreak that tore through Indiana 25 years ago

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (June 2, 2015) - Twenty-five years ago, a tornado outbreak tore through southern Indiana, destroying homes and killing a dozen people.

The June 2, 1990 tornadoes set the record for the most amount of tornadoes in a single day in Indiana. Thirty-seven tornadoes were reported, with Petersburg, Ind. getting hit the worst. More than 230 homes were destroyed from the outbreak.

"That was probably the worst tornado spawn of tornadoes that we’ve ever had on record. We had 37 that particular night and it happened in a short period of time, in only a matter of hours," said FOX59 Chief Meteorologist Brian Wilkes.

That outbreak helped set the standard for tornado outbreaks during spring and summer months.

“Those three months, April, May, June, are your highest occurrences of tornadoes with June being the maximum and June 1990 lived up to that," said Wilkes.

On Sunday, an EF-1 tornado with wind speeds of up to 90 miles per hour, touched down on the city's southeastern side.

Despite that tornado, the state and nation have been down when it comes to tornadoes.

"It's been a fairly quiet severe weather season almost nation wide. In fact, tornadoes statistically are down about 30 percent from average," Wilkes said. "In Indiana, we’re running behind our three year average as well. We’ve only had five tornadoes touch down in the state so far this season and we average about 22 per year.”

While June is the most popular month for tornadoes, Wilkes said the beginning of June may not produce tornado like activity. He said thunderstorms are possible the next few weeks, but storms may not reach tornado-like intensity.

Tornadoes in Indiana don't only happen in June. In November 2013, a tornado destroyed homes and buildings in Kokomo, Ind.

"It doesn’t matter what time of the year it is to have a massive tornado outbreak. Whether it’s June, like we had in 1990 or November like we had back in 2013," said Wilkes. He adds, "There will be tornadoes and there have been tornadoes in each and every month during the year in Indiana, January and even in December when we have some of those rare unique storms.”