Weather service confirms 4 tornadoes hit Indiana Friday


A fourth tornado has been confirmed by the National Weather Service about 5.9 miles southwest of the town of Bremen in Marshall County from Friday afternoon.

The NWS analyzed drone photos which indicated what they describe as a ‘disorganized path’ touching down southwest of the intersection of County Road 6B on Ironwood road. Drone photos showed corn knocked down in a convergent pattern. They also say there was damage to a cinder block barn. Several tree limbs were taken down by the small twister.

The tornado has been rated as an Enhanced Fujita 0 on the EF Scale. Estimated wind speeds were 70 mph. 

The NWS emphasizes that this report is preliminary and may be changed pending final review of storm data collected during the event. 

The National Weather Service has also confirmed that a tornado occurred between La Fontaine and Wabash on Friday afternoon. There were several people that were able to take photos and videos as the twister moved through the area. 

The NWS reports that the tornado touched down north of the intersection of E CR 700 S and S CR 390 E where three trees were uprooted, several tree branches were broken and a roof was removed from an outbuilding. The tornado continued northeast, crossing S America Road where trees were uprooted and tree limbs broken at a residence where it lifted. 

The tornado was part of a larger area of severe weather that struck northeastern Indiana Friday afternoon. Some places did report straight-line wind damage but there are no other confirmed reports of tornado touchdowns in our area. 

The National Weather Service says an EF-1 tornado with winds of 105 mph (169 kph) hit New Middletown in southern Indiana’s Harrison County. Indiana State Police report 20 homes were damaged. The News and Tribune reports barns and farm fields also were hit.

Clark and Floyd counties in southern Indiana also saw strong winds, hail and heavy rains Friday evening, leading to flooded roads and downed power lines.

The weather service said Saturday an EF-1 tornado touched down Friday in central Indiana’s Madison County, destroying a barn and damaging trees.

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