...PRELIMINARY EF1 TORNADO IN LAPORTE COUNTY...

A NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STORM SURVEY TEAM HAS EXAMINED DAMAGE IN
WANATAH IN LAPORTE COUNTY INDIANA. A COMBINATION OF DAMAGE AND EYE
WITNESS REPORTS CONFIRMS THAT A TORNADO DID BRIEFLY TOUCHDOWN NEAR
THE INTERSECTION OF US 30 AND US 421 AT AROUND 842 AM CDT AND
RAPIDLY MOVED NORTHEAST.

THE TORNADO DESTROYED A 50 FOOT BY 200 FT OPEN SHELTER...RIPPED
THE ROOF OFF OF AN ATTACHED GARAGE OF A HOUSE AND SNAPPED A FEW
POWER POLES. THE DAMAGE IS CONSISTENT WITH A LOW-END EF1 WITH
MAXIMUM WINDS ESTIMATED IN THE 85 TO 90 MPH RANGE. THE TORNADO WAS
ON THE GROUND APPROXIMATELY ONE MILE WITH A MAXIMUM WIDTH OF 100
YARDS. THE EXACT TRACK LENGTH AND WIDTH MAY CHANGE AFTER FURTHER
EXAMINATION OF DATA. 


Here are a few pictures of the damage associated with this tornado. (Courtesy Laporte Co EMA)


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