July 30, 2009

A National Weather Service storm survey team, with cooperation from local Emergency Management, investigated storm damage in Allen County.  The survey found damage consistent with that of an EF-1 tornado.

The short-lived tornado was only on the ground for one mile over a time period of five minutes.  The twister had a maximum path width of 200 yards and estimated wind speeds around 95mph.  Many healthy hardwood trees were destroyed and there was some minor structural damage to two barns and one residence.

Gazebo Healthy tree Shed tractor shed tree down bent over 
The above photos are courtesy of the Allen County Citizen-Times.  A severe thunderstorm brought a small tornado to the northern tip of Allen County at 11:40pm CDT on July 30, resulting in the damage shown in the photos.  Click on each image for a larger version.

The National Weather Service office in Louisville issued the first Severe Thunderstorm Warning for this area at 11:17pm CDT, and a second one was issued at 11:43pm CDT. 

 Zoomed out track map

Zoomed in track map

 track map

If this storm was threatening your neighborhood in the middle of the night, would you know about it?  If you have a NOAA Weather Radio (NWR) with SAME technology, you can rest assured that you will be notified within seconds of any severe weather warnings we send out.  NWR's are affordable and can be equipped with an alarm that will sound when the NWS issues a warning for life-threatening weather.  You can find NWR at local and on-line electronics oulets.

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