...OCTOBER 19 TORNADO IN CLARK COUNTY INDIANA RATED EF-3 INTENSITY...

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STAFF COMPLETED A STORM DAMAGE SURVEY OF
CLARK COUNTY INDIANA SATURDAY...CONFIRMING A TORNADO OF EF-3 INTENSITY.
 
PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE TORNADO DAMAGE
 
THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN 6.4 MILES EAST-NORTHEAST OF CHARLESTOWN
INDIANA...NEAR BULL CREEK ROAD. IT MOVED NORTHEAST FOR .7 MILES
TEARING SEVERAL ROOF AND WALL PANELS OFF A LARGE WOOD
FRAME...METAL BARN...AND SCOURING THE GROUND OF A FIELD OF CORN
STUBBLE AND STANDING SOY BEANS BEFORE LIFTING JUST BEFORE VESTA
ROAD. IT THEN TOUCHED DOWN A SECOND TIME 1.4 MILES FARTHER
NORTHEAST AND REMAINED ON THE GROUND FOR 2.8 MILES BEFORE LIFTING
NEAR THE END OF FULTON ROAD LESS THAN A QUARTER MILE WEST OF THE
OHIO RIVER. DURING ITS SECOND SEGMENT THE TORNADO DESTROYED 5
BARNS AND SEVERAL OTHER OUTBUILDINGS...AND DAMAGED 10 HOMES...AT
LEAST 4 SEVERELY.

THE GREATEST DAMAGE OCCURRED TO A HOMESTEAD 10 MILES EAST-
NORTHEAST OF CHARLESTOWN...WHERE A TWO-STORY HOME WAS BLOWN OFF
ITS BASEMENT AND DESTROYED. THE STORM DAMAGE TEAM DETERMINED THAT
THE TOTAL DESTRUCTION OF THE HOME RESULTED NOT FROM A DIRECT HIT
BY THE TORNADO...BUT BY DEBRIS CONSISTING OF THE TWO LARGE
BARNS...A STABLE...AND SILO IMMEDIATELY TO THE SOUTHWEST OF THE
HOME. AT LEAST FOUR VEHICLES IN THE FARMYARD WERE HEAVILY DAMAGED
OR DESTROYED.

AT 923 PM EDT THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN LOUISVILLE HAD
ISSUED A TORNADO WARNING FOR PARTS OF FLOYD AND CLARK COUNTIES
UNTIL 1000 PM THE WARNING WAS CONTINUED AS A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM
WARNING FOR CLARK COUNTY AT 1000 PM...EFFECTIVE UNTIL 1030 PM
BASED UPON RADAR IMAGERY AND EYEWITNESS ACCOUNTS, THE INITIAL
TOUCHDOWN OF THE TORNADO WAS DETERMINED TO BE 1003 PM EDT.

TORNADO RATING: EF-3
MAX WIND SPEED: 138 MPH
PATH LENGTH : ON THE GROUND IN 2 SEGMENTS TOTALING 3.5 MILES OVER A
              4.8 MILE DISTANCE.
PATH WIDTH : UP TO ONE QUARTER OF A MILE
INJURIES : NONE
FATALITIES : NONE
TIME OF TOUCHDOWN: 1003 PM EDT
TIME OF DISSIPATION: 1009 PM EDT.

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