Path length: 11.99 miles
Width: 1200 yards
County: Benton, White
A major tornado outbreak of 74 tornadoes occurred on November 17, 2013. There were two EF4s, both in Illinois. 7 tornadoes were reported EF3. The tornado in this summary was given a rating of EF2. It was unique as it had the largest tornado width reported during the outbreak and for November 17 (1950-2017): 1200 yards.
This twister tracked closed to 12 miles through parts of Benton and White Counties in Indiana. Per the NWS Storm Data entry, the “exact determination of maximum intensity was difficult due to vastly open country and lack of trees and other objects.” In Benton County, the tornado damaged an outbuilding. Debris was lofted about 3 miles downstream. Max winds in Benton County estimated at 95 mph.
The tornado strengthened as it moved into White County. Max winds were estimated at 120 mph. There was damage to a residence. Also, a large propane tank and camper was rolled about 150 feet. The camper was destroyed. Toward the end of the path, a pole barn was destroyed and debris was thrown upwards about 3/4 of a mile.
There were no injuries or fatalities with this event.
Storm Data Entry
The tornado heavily damaged an outbuilding with several wood projectiles from the building stuck into a nearby garage roof. Debris from the outbuilding was lofted at least three miles downstream. Another outbuilding was heavily damaged and multiple trees were blown down or snapped. Maximum winds were estimated to be 95 mph. The tornado continued into White County (NWS Northern Indiana).
A survey of damage by NWS officials indicated that a tornado touched down in eastern Benton county and continued northeast into White county, likely reaching a peak intensity of EF2. Exact determination of maximum intensity was difficult due to vastly open country and lack of trees and other objects. The tornado moved into southwestern White county south of County Road 1200 South, where the garage door of a west facing pole barn was pushed in and some minor tree limb damage was noted. The tornado continued rapidly northeast and impacted a residence on 900 West where the chimney (above the roof) was knocked down with shingle damage noted to the home. In addition, a large propane tank and camper were rolled or pushed roughly 150 feet away with the camper being destroyed. The tornado moved into open fields where it remained for roughly four miles, crossing Interstate 65 between mile markers 188 and 190. The tornado briefly strengthened after crossing the interstate, snapping 10 18-24 inch diameter power poles at the ground along County Road 500 West, either side of State Route 18. A home on the intersection of these roads suffered minor window and roof damage. Just east of the intersection, a pole barn was destroyed with debris thrown upwards of three-quarters of a mile. The tornado finally lifted west of County Road 300 West and north of State Route 18. The tornado was on the ground for a combined distance of 12 miles from eastern Benton county into White county. A maximum width of roughly 1200 yards was determined with maximum wind speeds around 120 mph.
Radar and Damage Photos via NWS Northern Indiana
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