It was one for the record books! A large, unexpected tornado outbreak occurred on August 24, 2016. 22 tornadoes were confirmed across parts of IN and OH. We look at five of them that hit in Howard County, IN including one of the strongest of the day.
What was possibly a family of tornadoes traveled over 30 miles through parts of Daviess and Hancock Counties in Kentucky across the Ohio River into Perry County, Indiana. There were 3 injuries.
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 estimated F2 tornado hit the Glen Park suburb of Gary, IN. The path was very short, less than one mile. The width was 400 yards.
During the early morning of November 6, 2005, a devastating tornado traveled just over 41 miles from near Smith Mills, KY through southern Evansville, IN northeast to near Gentryville, IN. The tornado crossed the Ohio River three times. A summary via NWS Paducah states that 25 were killed. It was the deadliest tornado to hit Indiana since 1974.
In this summary, we look at an F3 that hit Franklin, IN on October 11, 1954. Per the Climatological Data National Summary (CDNS), this tornado had a skipping path of about 5 miles.
This tornado moved east at 30 mph. It developed about 1/2 mile west of State Highway 3 on Drakes Road. It moved right through Kendallville. 29 homes and 2 apartment buildings were completely destroyed.
Two miles south of Rushville, 3 homes were leveled and there were 2 deaths in 2 separate homes. After traveling SE for about 5 more miles, the tornado made an abrupt 120 degree turn and traveled in a southerly direction. It dissipated 1 mile SW of New Salem.
An F4 tornado made a non-continuous trek of 29-30 miles across parts of Marion, Hancock, Madison and Henry counties on May 14, 1972. I did a search through the SPC Database and only found 2 F4 tornadoes that have ever hit parts of Marion County, IN. One in 1998 and this one in 1972.
An F4 tornado traveled 70 miles from NW of Essex, IL to just west of Medaryville, IN on this day in 1963. Per Thomas Grazulis in Significant Tornadoes, “In Illinois, damage was near-F5 as several houses literally vanished.”