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