Above: Ground level view of damage in Kokomo
Preliminary reports from the National Weather Service showed 23 tornadoes hit Indiana during Sunday’s severe weather outbreak.
The most powerful twister was an EF3 that roared through Tippecanoe County. Preliminary reports show that six different EF2 tornadoes hit several different Indiana counties. NWS crews were out Monday assessing the storms. They stopped surveying Monday night and will continue Tuesday.
NWS said the number was a daily record for the month of November in Indiana. Sunday was the third most active tornado day in state history. The record number of tornadoes in the state is 37 on June 2, 1990.
Here’s a breakdown of Sunday’s tornadoes:
- Benton County (1) – EF1: This tornado was on the ground for 2.9 miles, packed 95 mph winds and was around 100 yards wide. It started 5 miles northwest of Otterbein at 2:40 PM. An outbuilding was heavily damaged and the wood associated with it was strewn at least 3 miles downstream. This is the first November tornado on record for Benton County since records began in 1950.
- Boone County (2) – EF1, EF2: The first tornado touched down near County Road 150S/300W and moved northeast into Lebanon. It ended in a neighborhood just east of the damaged Starbucks. That was an EF2 tornado which packed 115 mph winds, was 75 yards wide and was on the ground for 3.5 miles. The second, EF1 tornado touched down as the same cell moved further to the northeast toward Sheridan. It touched back down 7 miles northeast of Lebanon in the country around County Road 400N/750E and ended just northeast of US 421, dissipating before entering Tipton County. This EF1 was on the ground for .6 miles, was 75 yards wide and packed 100 mph winds.
- Cass County (2) – EF2 and EF0: An EF2 tornado touched down northwest of Young America around 3:17 PM. It traveled for 9.13 miles, was 250 yards wide and packed 120 mph winds. The second tornado in Cass County was an EF0 which touched down around 3:20 PM, was 150 yards wide and packed 85 mph winds. It was on the ground for 1.13 miles from 2 miles southwest of Logansport to 1 mile south of Logansport, thus missing the town.
- Daviess County (1) – EF2: This EF2 tornado started southeast of Mayville and moved east-northeast into Washington. It dissipated near 2nd and Sycamore streets. It was 130 yards wide and was on the ground for 2.75 miles.
- Grant County (2) – EF0, EF2: The EF2 tornado damage was found in the western part of the county. It touched down at 3:50 PM and was on the ground for 12 miles. The tornado’s max width was .4 miles wide! It started 2 miles north of Sweetser and ended just shy of the Grant/Wabash County line. It damaged 30-40 homes, 6-10 of those had significant damage. Dozens of vehicles were damaged or destroyed. The second EF0 tornado touched down briefly just west of Roseburg at 3:55 PM.
- Hamilton County (1) – EF1: An tornado touched down in Atlanta near Arcadia Road and Adams Street. It ended over a field 1.9 miles to the northeast. This EF1 tornado has 100 mph winds,w as 150 yards wide and lasted for 1.9 miles.
- Howard County (3) – EF2 (2), EF0: 2-EF2 paths were found in Kokomo. One was brief, the other around 10 miles long. The other tornado touched down just east of Russiaville and was given a preliminary intensity of EF0. That path will be surveyed Tuesday.
- Jasper County (1) – EF1: The tornado touched down at 1:50 PM 3 miles northeast of Rensselaer. It was on the ground for 11.5 miles, packed 100 mph winds and was 100 yards wide. Multiple gain bins and outbuildings were destroyed across 4 farms. This was the first November tornado on record in Jasper County since records began in 1950.
- Knox County (1) – EF2: The tornado began at 6th street and County Road 1600S in southwest Knox County. It moved east-northeast ending near Long Pond. This EF2 tornado was on the ground for 19.4 miles and was 100 yards wide.
- Kosciusko County (1) – EF2: This EF2 tornado touched down around 3:43 PM about 3 miles south of Silver Lake. It was on the ground for 4.17 miles, packed 125 mph winds and was 150 yards wide. It lifted back up at 3:48 PM.
- Lawrence County (1) – EF1: According to the NWS, this tornado struck just north of Bedford with max winds of 90 mph. But a resident of Bedford, Arthur Medicine Eagle, sags the officially report may actually say that this tornado hit the north side of Bedford. He watched as the tornado hit about 2 blocks away from his home on the north end of town. But the report is not done yet, so we are waiting on more information.
- Miami County (1) – EF1: This tornado touched down around 3:30 PM and was on the ground for about 3 minutes. It touched down 2.5 miles northeast of Grisson AFB and traveled northeast for 2.85 miles. It packed 110 mph winds and was 250 yards wide.
- Montgomery/Tippecanoe County (1) – TBD (tornado confirmed, strength undetermined): This tornado created damage between Mellott and State Route 25 near the Montgomery and Tippecanoe County line.
- Newton County (1) – EF1: A large grain elevator was damaged in Goodland along with a farmstead toward the end of the path. It started at 1:27 PM in Goodland, was on the ground for 5.6 miles, packed 110 mph winds and was 100 yards wide. This is the first November tornado on record for Newton County since records began in 1950.
- Pulaski County (1) – EF1: This tornado touched down around 3:03 PM just southwest of US 421 and Delaware Street in Medaryville. It was on the ground for nearly 13 miles and lifted 2.5 miles northeast of Denham. It packed 110 mph winds and was 100 yards wide.
- Tippecanoe County (1) – EF3: A tornado formed south-southeast of Lafayette and was on the ground until just west of Dayton. The survey is incomplete but this tornado showed low end EF3 damage.
- Vermillion/Warren County (1) – TBD (tornado confirmed, strength undetermined): This tornado stretched between Rilesburg and created damage until just west of Covington.
- White County (3) – EF2: The first tornado listed for White County by the NWS actually originated in Benton County and it was an EF2. It was on the ground for 10.52 miles once entering the county and was 3000 yards wide (1.7 miles wide!) and packed 125 mph winds. It lifted approximately 2 miles west-northwest of Brookston. The circulation was described as very wide with embedded vorticies. 20 to 25 barns were destroyed. The second tornado report from White County was another EF2. It was on the ground for 4.15 miles, was 300 yards wide and packed 120 mph winds. It started at 2:48 west of Chalmers. The final tornado report from White County was an EF1. This one was on the ground for .81 miles, was 250 yards wide and packed 100 mph winds. This was in northeastern portions of White County.