May 30 Tornadoes and Widespread Wind Damage

The first widespread severe weather outbreak of the spring season took place across central Indiana during the late afternoon and evening hours of Friday, May 30. 

A National Weather Service storm survey determined a tornado touched down at 10:27 PM at 42nd Street and Post Road in Marion County Friday night and continued southeast into Hancock County until just south of County Road 200 North on County Road 400 West.  The tornado lifted around 10:36 PM.  The total path length is about 7.5 miles long with a width of 150 yards.  The tornado was rated EF-2 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale, based on damage from 38th and Mitthoefer, with wind speeds around 125 mph.  Evidence suggested that the tornado touched down in an area of straight line wind damage.  The straight line wind speeds were determined to be around 70 to 80 mph.

A National Weather Service storm survey also determined that a tornado touched down in northwestern Hancock County.  This tornado touched down at 10:35 PM just south of County Road 700 North on County Road 400 West.  The tornado tracked to the northeast until County Road 50 East just south of State Road 234 when it lifted at 10:40 PM.  The tornado was rated EF-1 with wind speeds around 100 mph, had a width of 200 yards, and a length of 4.5 miles. 

A third tornado occurred just north of Pyrmont in Carroll County.  The tornado, which only briefly touched down at 7:30 PM has been rated as an EF-0.

Straight line winds caused the damage in Henry County according to a storm survey conducted in that county.

The following is a summary of storm reports from Friday evening:

000
NWUS53 KIND 310839
LSRIND
PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT...SUMMARY
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDIANAPOLIS IN
439 AM EDT SAT MAY 31 2008
..TIME...   ...EVENT...      ...CITY LOCATION...     ...LAT.LON...
..DATE...   ....MAG....      ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE....
..REMARKS..
0710 PM     TSTM WND DMG     BATTLE GROUND           40.51N 86.84W
05/30/2008                   TIPPECANOE         IN   TRAINED SPOTTER
SUBSTANTIAL TREE DAMAGE...SOME APPARENTLY TWISTED OFF.
TIME IS ESTIMATED.
0720 PM     FLASH FLOOD      10 NW BATTLE GROUND     40.61N 86.97W
05/30/2008                   WHITE              IN   TRAINED SPOTTER
SPOTTY SECTIONS OF ROADS COVERED WITH WATER ALONG THE
TIPPECANOE AND WHITE COUNTY BORDERS.
0730 PM     TORNADO          7 S DELPHI              40.48N 86.67W
05/30/2008                   CARROLL            IN   TRAINED SPOTTER
2 TORNADOES JUST NORTH OF PYRMONT MOVING EAST.
0743 PM     FLASH FLOOD      5 ENE LAFAYETTE         40.44N 86.78W
05/30/2008                   TIPPECANOE         IN   CO-OP OBSERVER
0744 PM     HAIL             6 SW FLORA              40.48N 86.60W
05/30/2008  E0.25 INCH       CARROLL            IN   TRAINED SPOTTER
0816 PM     HAIL             8 W KOKOMO              40.48N 86.29W
05/30/2008  E0.75 INCH       HOWARD             IN   AMATEUR RADIO
LOCATED AT SR 22 AND 800 WEST
0818 PM     FUNNEL CLOUD     2 E RUSSIAVILLE         40.42N 86.23W
05/30/2008                   HOWARD             IN   AMATEUR RADIO
LOCATED AT 700 WEST AND 250 SOUTH
0819 PM     FUNNEL CLOUD     5 SW CAYUGA             39.90N 87.53W
05/30/2008                   VERMILLION         IN   AMATEUR RADIO
10 MILES EAST OF RIDGE FARM ILLINOIS
0820 PM     TSTM WND DMG     1 E CAYUGA              39.95N 87.45W
05/30/2008                   VERMILLION         IN   AMATEUR RADIO
SIX TO EIGHT INCH TREE LIMBS DOWN. ROOF SHINGLES LOST.
0835 PM     TSTM WND GST     KOKOMO                  40.48N 86.13W
05/30/2008  M58.00 MPH       HOWARD             IN   TRAINED SPOTTER
0835 PM     TSTM WND DMG     MARSHALL                39.85N 87.19W
05/30/2008                   PARKE              IN   AMATEUR RADIO
EIGHT TO TEN INCH TREE LIMBS DOWN. TRASH DUMPSTERS OVER
TURNED.
0845 PM     TSTM WND DMG     MARSHALL                39.85N 87.19W
05/30/2008                   PARKE              IN   AMATEUR RADIO
THREE FOOT TREE LIMBS TWISTED OFF TREES.
0850 PM     TSTM WND GST     MARSHALL                39.85N 87.19W
05/30/2008  E60.00 MPH       PARKE              IN   AMATEUR RADIO
0852 PM     TSTM WND DMG     MARSHALL                39.85N 87.19W
05/30/2008                   PARKE              IN   TRAINED SPOTTER
POWER LINES AND TREE LIMBS DOWN
0853 PM     TSTM WND GST     MARSHALL                39.85N 87.19W
05/30/2008  M68.00 MPH       PARKE              IN   CO-OP OBSERVER
0855 PM     TORNADO          4 E MARSHALL            39.85N 87.11W
05/30/2008                   PARKE              IN   PUBLIC
TREE DEBRIS IN AIR
0856 PM     FLASH FLOOD      3 S WAYNETOWN           40.04N 87.07W
05/30/2008                   MONTGOMERY         IN   TRAINED SPOTTER
0910 PM     TSTM WND DMG     KOKOMO                  40.48N 86.13W
05/30/2008                   HOWARD             IN   TRAINED SPOTTER
HALF INCH TREE LIMBS DOWN. MINOR FLOODING OF ROADWAYS.
0920 PM     HEAVY RAIN       3 NE LAFAYETTE          40.44N 86.83W
05/30/2008  M1.77 INCH       TIPPECANOE         IN   CO-OP OBSERVER
0940 PM     FUNNEL CLOUD     NORTH SALEM             39.86N 86.64W
05/30/2008                   HENDRICKS          IN   TRAINED SPOTTER
1000 PM     TSTM WND GST     2 NNW BLOOMINGDALE      39.86N 87.26W
05/30/2008  E50.00 MPH       PARKE              IN   TRAINED SPOTTER
ACCOMPANIED WITH TORRENTIAL RAIN
1015 PM     HAIL             5 E CASTLETON           39.90N 85.96W
05/30/2008  E0.75 INCH       MARION             IN   TRAINED SPOTTER
TREE LIMBS DOWN...STRUCTURAL DAMAGE TO HOUSE
1015 PM     TSTM WND GST     1 SE BROWNSBURG         39.83N 86.38W
05/30/2008  E55.00 MPH       HENDRICKS          IN   TRAINED SPOTTER
1022 PM     TSTM WND GST     2 SE BROWNSBURG         39.82N 86.37W
05/30/2008  M65.00 MPH       HENDRICKS          IN   TRAINED SPOTTER
1024 PM     TSTM WND GST     6 N INDIANAPOLIS        39.86N 86.15W
05/30/2008  E60.00 MPH       MARION             IN   AMATEUR RADIO
ALLISONVILLE AND KESSLER BLVD
1027 PM     TSTM WND DMG     9 NNE INDIANAPOLIS      39.90N 86.08W
05/30/2008                   MARION             IN   AMATEUR RADIO
EIGHT INCH TREE BLOWN DOWN AT 86TH ST AND I465
1038 PM     TSTM WND DMG     5 NE INDIANAPOLIS       39.83N 86.08W
05/30/2008                   MARION             IN   LAW ENFORCEMENT
STRUCTURAL DAMAGE
1040 PM     TSTM WND DMG     7 NE INDIANAPOLIS       39.85N 86.05W
05/30/2008                   MARION             IN   AMATEUR RADIO
ROOF OFF HOUSE INTO ROAD
1043 PM     TSTM WND GST     MCCORDSVILLE            39.91N 85.93W
05/30/2008  M70.00 MPH       HANCOCK            IN   AMATEUR RADIO
1045 PM     HAIL             5 N GREENFIELD          39.87N 85.77W
05/30/2008  E1.75 INCH       HANCOCK            IN   AMATEUR RADIO
MAXWELL INDIANA
1047 PM     FLASH FLOOD      5 NE INDIANAPOLIS       39.83N 86.08W
05/30/2008                   MARION             IN   TRAINED SPOTTER
ROAD DEPRESSION FLOODED
1047 PM     FLASH FLOOD      5 NE INDIANAPOLIS       39.83N 86.08W
05/30/2008                   MARION             IN   TRAINED SPOTTER
5 FT DEEP DITCH FLOODED
1049 PM     TSTM WND DMG     7 NE INDIANAPOLIS       39.85N 86.05W
05/30/2008                   MARION             IN   AMATEUR RADIO
ROOF OFF HOUSE INTO ROAD
1049 PM     TSTM WND GST     INGALLS                 39.96N 85.80W
05/30/2008  E0.00 MPH        MADISON            IN   AMATEUR RADIO
TREE BLOWN INTO HOUSE
1049 PM     HAIL             INGALLS                 39.96N 85.80W
05/30/2008  E1.00 INCH       MADISON            IN   AMATEUR RADIO
1058 PM     HAIL             SHIRLEY                 39.89N 85.58W
05/30/2008  E1.75 INCH       HENRY              IN   AMATEUR RADIO
1101 PM     TSTM WND DMG     GREENFIELD              39.79N 85.77W
05/30/2008                   HANCOCK            IN   TRAINED SPOTTER
MINI BARN DOWN
1102 PM     TSTM WND GST     KNIGHTSTOWN             39.80N 85.53W
05/30/2008  E60.00 MPH       HENRY              IN   AMATEUR RADIO
1105 PM     TSTM WND DMG     KNIGHTSTOWN             39.80N 85.53W
05/30/2008                   HENRY              IN   TRAINED SPOTTER
HOUSE DAMAGE...6 TO 7 INCH TREE LIMBS DOWN...NO POWER IN
TOWN
1110 PM     FLASH FLOOD      LEBANON                 40.05N 86.47W
05/30/2008                   BOONE              IN   TRAINED SPOTTER
FIELDS AND COUNTY ROADS FLOODED COUNTYWIDE
1110 PM     TSTM WND GST     3 N INDIANAPOLIS        39.82N 86.15W
05/30/2008  M70.00 MPH       MARION             IN   TRAINED SPOTTER
MERIDIAN AND 28TH STREET
1117 PM     TSTM WND GST     2 SE BROWNSBURG         39.82N 86.37W
05/30/2008  M67.00 MPH       HENDRICKS          IN   TRAINED SPOTTER
NUMEROUS LIMBS AND PARTS OF TREES IN ROADS. WIDESPREAD
PONDING ALONG ROADS.
1118 PM     TORNADO          6 E LEWISVILLE          39.81N 85.24W
05/30/2008                   HENRY              IN   LAW ENFORCEMENT
US40 NEAR WAYNE AND HENRY COUNTY LINE
1130 PM     FLASH FLOOD      10 NE INDIANAPOLIS      39.88N 86.01W
05/30/2008                   MARION             IN   LAW ENFORCEMENT
WATER RUNNING OVER I465. LOCAL RADIO STATION REPORTING
ABANDONED CARS.
1130 PM     TSTM WND DMG     10 NE INDIANAPOLIS      39.88N 86.01W
05/30/2008                   MARION             IN   AMATEUR RADIO
TREES AND TREE LIMBS DOWN. STRUCTURAL DAMAGE.
1134 PM     TSTM WND GST     2 SE BROWNSBURG         39.82N 86.37W
05/30/2008  M58.00 MPH       HENDRICKS          IN   TRAINED SPOTTER
1135 PM     TSTM WND GST     2 SE BROWNSBURG         39.82N 86.37W
05/30/2008  M61.00 MPH       HENDRICKS          IN   TRAINED SPOTTER
FREQUENT GUSTS TO ABOVE 50 MPH. NEAR ZERO VISIBILITY.
1141 PM     HAIL             5 SSE BROWNSBURG        39.77N 86.36W
05/30/2008  E0.25 INCH       HENDRICKS          IN   AMATEUR RADIO
1145 PM     TSTM WND DMG     BROWNSBURG              39.84N 86.39W
05/30/2008                   HENDRICKS          IN   TRAINED SPOTTER
EIGHT INCH TREE LIMB DOWN AT 43 N ROBINWOOD
1154 PM     TSTM WND GST     2 E INDIANAPOLIS        39.78N 86.11W
05/30/2008  M51.00 MPH       MARION             IN   AMATEUR RADIO
1155 PM     FUNNEL CLOUD     6 SE INDIANAPOLIS       39.72N 86.07W
05/30/2008                   MARION             IN   LAW ENFORCEMENT
LOCATED AT I465 AND I74
1158 PM     TSTM WND GST     MOORESVILLE             39.62N 86.37W
05/30/2008  M58.00 MPH       MORGAN             IN   TRAINED SPOTTER
SMALL TREES AND LIMBS DOWN

 


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