Perry County

 

Perry County Tornadoes


December 9, 1952
Counties:  Hancock, Perry (from Daviess)
F-scale:  F3
Deaths:  0
Injuries:  3
Path width:   880 yards
Path length:  32 miles
Time:  3:00pm
Grazulis Narrative:  Moved northeast, striking the northern part of Tell City.  There were three homes destroyed in Kentucky, and $200,000 damage.  Many barns were destroyed in Indiana, where there was $300,000 damage.  Most of the Indiana damage was from wind-driven hail.
Noted discrepancies:  SPC and NCDC call this an F3, Grazulis an F2.  SPC and NCDC give a time of 3:00pm, Grazulis 2:30pm.  SPC gives a path length of 70 miles, NCDC gives 35 miles, Grazulis gives 32 miles.   SPC gives a path width of 880 yards, NCDC gives 30 yards, Grazulis says 400 yards.  Grazulis mentions this was probably a family of tornadoes.  NCDC or Grazulis must have the better path length...SPC entry looks to be an entry error.  Storm Data says the tornado crossed from Kentucky into Indiana at Tell City with a "total path length in both states" of 32 miles.

March 6, 1961
Counties:  Dubois
F-scale:  F1
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Time:  8:00am
Noted discrepancies:  SPC gives a path width of 10 yards, NCDC 30 yards.  Storm Data says this tornado moved from southwest of Ferdinand to Siberia (Siberia proper is actually in Perry County, just over the county line).  The ending lat/lon given is just inside Perry County as well.  Will map as such, but further research would be helpful.

November 19, 1970
Counties:  Perry IN
F-scale:  F3
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Time:  10:47pm
Noted discrepancies:  SPC and NCDC rank this as an F3...Grazulis does not list it.  The worst damage mentioned in Storm Data is the destruction of a barn and three farm buildings, along with scattered roof damage and a "wrecked" trailer. 
Notes:  According to Storm Data the tornado touched down on the southwest side of IN 66 at the west edge of Tell City.  The storm crossed IN 66 into a cemetery and trailer court.

April 3, 1974
Counties:  Perry, Crawford, Harrison IN, Washington IN, Clark IN, Scott IN
F-scale:  F5
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Time:  1:20pm
Grazulis narrative:  Moved east-northeast and northeast from three miles south of Huffman, passing southeast of Branchville, north of Sulphur Springs and Pilot Knob, south of Sulphur and Curby, across the southeast part of DePauw, hitting two miles east of Palmyra, passing through Martinsburg, crossing the southeast half of Daisy Hill, passing between Bunker Hill and New Liberty, and ending two miles north of IN 160.  This tornado immediately killed a woman as it destroyed her mobile home.  As the tornado passed along southeast of Branchville it killed again.  Two people, riding in a school bus, saw the tornado and took shelter in a nearby ditch.  The bus was thrown fifty feet into the ditch, crushing the couple and killing the woman.  Moving across Crawford County, the tornado widened to over a mile, missing many small communities and levelling several farms.  In Harrison County the tornado killed a woman in her mobile home in southeast Depauw.  Another woman was killed in her home two miles east of Palmyra.  In the southeastern corner of Washington County the tornado struck the town of Martinsburg, destroying 38 of the town's 48 homes.  Homes in the Daisy Hill area were completely swept away.
Noted discrepancies:  SPC and Grazulis list 6 deaths for this tornado, NCDC lists 5.  SPC lists 86 injuries, NCDC 53, Grazulis 76, Storm Data 95.  SPC lists a path length of 68 miles, NCDC 50 miles, Grazulis 62 miles, Storm Data 67 miles.  SPC gives a path width of 10 yards (obviously incorrect), NCDC 30 yards (obviously incorrect), Grazulis 1760 yards, Storm Data 700 yards.  This tornado is split into two tornadoes at SPC.  Grazulis lists an incorrect ending point for the tornado.  Storm Data begins this tornado between Huffman and Tarry in Perry County and lifts it a few miles northeast of Lexington in Scott County.  SPC lat/lon ends the tornado southwest of Lexington, rather than northeast.  It's been mapped here according to the information in Storm Data, but additional research would be helpful.

April 30, 1997
Counties:  Perry
F-scale:  F1
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Time:  8:00pm
Notes:  Storm Data says the hardest hit areas were Apalona and Branchville.

April 28, 2002
Counties:  Perry, Breckinridge, Meade
F-scale:  F2
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Time:  2:05am
Noted discrepancies:  SPC lists a path width of 50 yards, NCDC and Storm Data list 150 yards.  Storm Data takes this tornado from 3/10 of a mile southwest of Tobinsport to 1.8 miles east northeast of Tobinsport.  Storm Data mentions that this tornado crossed into Kentucky from Perry County...hitting Irvington, two miles east northeast of Cloverport, and two and a half miles south of Garrett.

May 8, 2003
Counties:  Perry
F-scale:  F1
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Time:  7:45pm
Notes:  Storm Data takes this tornado from five miles southwest of Gerald to 2.4 miles west of Rome in Hoosier National Forest.

May 17, 2003
Counties:  Perry
F-scale:  F0
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Time:  3:47am
Notes:  Storm Data places this tornado about five and a half miles southwest of Rome in Hoosier National Forest.

June 19, 2011
Counties:  Perry
EF-Scale:  EF-0
Deaths:  0
Injuries:  0
Path width:  70 yards
Path length:  0.2 mile
Time:  6:31am CDT
Notes:  Ten trees were uprooted, blown over, or snapped on either side of Route 66 north of Oriole.

June 26, 2011
Counties:  Perry (from Spencer)
EF-Scale:  EF-1
Deaths:  0
Injuries:  0
Path width:  200 yards
Path length:  2.3 mile
Time:  2:12am CDT
Notes:  A tornado touched down 0.7 miles south of St. Meinrad in Spencer County on the southern end of the St. Meinrad Seminary grounds.  It destoryed a cinder block outbuilding and took a 100 foot section of roofing off of a large metal outbuilding.  The tornado also uprooted numerous trees and ripped off sections of roofing from several other buildings.  The tornado weakened as it moved into forested hills where it snapped and uprooted several trees along a narrowing path.  The tornado lifted near Catnip Road in Perry County which is about 2.3 miles east of St. Meinrad. 

June 26, 2013
County: Perry
EF-Scale: EF1
Deaths: 0
Injuries: 0
Path width: 100 yards
Path length: 5.2 miles
Time: 8:29pm CDT
Notes: This tornado touched down southeast of Troy and moved southeast through the east side of Tell City. Several large trees were felled and there was some minor roof damage and damage to outbuildings. A large semi trailer and a few rides were blown sideways at a carnival at 10th & Watt streets.


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