Banner for Violent Tornadoes in Indiana

Information from before 1950 is taken from Significant Tornadoes 1680-1991 and its supplement Significant Tornadoes Update 1992-1995, both by Thomas P Grazulis. After 1950 data are taken from official National Weather Service sources with supplementation from Grazulis' work.

Scroll down through the tornadoes listed on this page, or click on a date in the following table to go directly to that entry.

February 27, 1876

June 4, 1877

June 30, 1877

July 2, 1877

June 14, 1880

May 14, 1883

May 28, 1883

April 1, 1884

May 14, 1886

April 22, 1887

March 27, 1890

June 7, 1907

April 21, 1912

May 12, 1886

March 23, 1913

March 11, 1917

March 23, 1917

May 26, 1917

March 28, 1920

April 17, 1922

March 18, 1925

March 16, 1942

June 20, 1942

March 26, 1948

April 7, 1948

June 7, 1948

May 21, 1949

March 6, 1956

April 25, 1961

April 17, 1963

April 11, 1965

May 14, 1972

April 3, 1974

March 20, 1976

July 9, 1980

January 7, 1989

June 2, 1990

 November 22, 1992

 April 26, 1994

 June 11, 1998

March 2, 2012

       

 

 

Date Indiana Counties Fatalities Time
February 27, 1876 Pike, Daviess 1 7:30pm
This tornado moved from near Glezen to south of Petersburg and just barely into Daviess County.  About thirty farms were hit and one was leveled to the ground.
 

 

Date Indiana Counties Fatalities Time
June 4, 1877 Knox 16 4:45pm
Most of the damage and all of the fatalities were in Mount Carmel, Illinois.  In Indiana the twister sliced a five mile long path through forested land.
 

 

Date Indiana Counties Fatalities Time
June 30, 1877 Morgan, Johnson 7 8:30pm
This tornado touched down five miles southwest of Brooklyn, passed just south of Waverly, and lifted in Johnson County.  Entire farms were swept away near Waverly.  Clothing was found in trees three miles away.  The roof of a home was carried five miles.
 

 

Date Indiana Counties Fatalities Time
June 30, 1877 Johnson 5 9:00pm
Moved from southwest to north of Franklin, destroying half a dozen farms.  Five members of one family were killed three miles southwest of Franklin.
 

 

Date Indiana Counties Fatalities Time
July 2, 1877 Elkhart 2 5:30pm
Several homes were destroyed west and north of Elkhart, with two of them leveled to the ground.
 

 

Date Indiana Counties Fatalities Time
June 14, 1880 Shelby, Rush 4 5:00pm
This tornado moved from a mile south of Fountaintown to five miles north of Rushville.  The fatalities occurred as seven farms were swept away.  The tornado was at F4 level from two miles northwest of Morristown to four miles south of Carthage.
 

 

Date Indiana Counties Fatalities Time
May 14, 1883 Elkhart, Lagrange 1 2:30pm
This was a multiple vortex tornado that moved from south of Vistula through the northwest corner of Lagrange County and into Michigan.  The fatality occurred near the state line in Van Buren Township in Lagrange County when a man ran from his home to secure his horses.

 

Date Indiana Counties Fatalities Time
May 28, 1883 Clay, Owen 1 2:30pm
This tornado began three miles east of Clay City and swept homes away as it moved to southeast of Patricksburg.  Five people were killed in one home near the Clay/Owen County line.

 

Date Indiana Counties Fatalities Time
April 1, 1884 Henry, Delaware 8 5:00pm
One of only four F5 tornadoes on record in Indiana.  This intense tornado touched down three miles northeast of Mechanicsburg and blew directly through Oakville, demolishing 27 of the village's 30 houses.  Some parts of town literally vanished.  Meteorologists at the time considered this one of the strongest tornadoes ever seen.  The death count was relatively low thanks to the fact that the tornado was easily visible as it approached.

 

Date Indiana Counties Fatalities Time
May 12, 1886 Warren 3 4:20pm
All deaths and damage were in Vermilion County, Illinois.  In Indiana it appears the tornado moved through open fields south of Pence and dissipated after less than three miles in Indiana (after having been on the ground for 19 miles in Illinois).

 

Date Indiana Counties Fatalities Time
May 12, 1886 Warren, Fountain 4 6:00pm
In what was likely a cyclic supercell, this tornado touched down three miles west of Williamsport and unroofed several homes on the north side of town.  The tornado then crossed the Wabash River and struck Attica squarely, destroying 35 homes and damaging 100 others.  The bottom of the river was exposed as the powerful tornado crossed the stream.

 

Date Indiana Counties Fatalities Time
May 14, 1886 Jay 6 8:00pm
Just two days after western Indiana was struck by F4 tornadoes, on this date it was eastern Indiana's turn.  This strong tornado touched down two miles north of Redkey and passed two miles north of Portland before continuing on into Ohio.  Nine farms were destroyed, and a fatality occurred as a farm house was leveled at the state line.

 

Date Indiana Counties Fatalities Time
April 22, 1887 Knox, Gibson, Pike 5 6:00pm
This tornado began in Illinois and crossed the Wabash River at Mount Carmel.  In Indiana two people died near Buena Vista in northern Gibson County where 8 of the hamlet's 10 homes were destroyed.  Another death occurred in the destruction of a barn near the confluence of Knox, Gibson, and Pike counties.

Date Indiana Counties Fatalities Time
March 27, 1890 Clark 76 7:57pm
All deaths and F4 damage occurred in Kentucky.  In Indiana, this tornado brought F2 damage to Jeffersonville in a two block wide swath along the riverfront before crossing the Ohio River a second time back into Kentucky.

 

Date Indiana Counties Fatalities Time
June 7, 1907 Sullivan 4 6:00pm
York, Illinois suffered most from this tornado.  In Indiana a woman was killed in the collapse of her home near the Wabash River, and livestock was killed and swept into the river.

 

Date Indiana Counties Fatalities Time
April 21, 1912 Newton 9 6:00pm
Most of the damage with this tornado occurred in Illinois where the F4 damage occurred.  The storm entered Indiana southwest of Morocco and moved through the northwest side of that town where two children were killed  when their house shifted and collapsed.

 

Date Indiana Counties Fatalities Time
March 23, 1913 Vigo, Clay 21 9:30pm
The final significant tornado in an immense outbreak from the Great Plains to the Ohio Valley was this F4 storm that ripped through the southern part of Terre Haute.  Three hundred homes were damaged or destroyed, one particular five-block area was completely leveled, and 21 people lost their lives.  Flash flooding following the tornado took an additional dozen lives.

 

Date Indiana Counties Fatalities Time
March 11, 1917 Henry, Wayne 24 2:55pm
The southern side of New Castle was devastated by this tornado, suffering 21 fatalities and the destruction of 350 buildings.  The storm then continued to the east southeast parallel to IN 38 and took lives south of Millville and south of Hagerstown as farms were leveled.  The tornado dissipated near Greens Fork.

 

Date Indiana Counties Fatalities Time
March 23, 1917 Floyd, Clark 46 3:08pm
On the fourth anniversary of the Terre Haute F4, an even worse F4 tornado struck southern Indiana.  This storm began west of New Albany, possibly as far west as Corydon.  The funnel cut a nearly mile wide swath of utter destruction through the north side of New Albany resulting 46 fatalities and the destruction of 300 homes, two schools, and many other buildings.  The tornado then continued to the east, crossing the Ohio River and lifting at Harrods Creek, Kentucky.

 

Date Indiana Counties Fatalities Time
May 26, 1917 Lake 3 4:45pm
All deaths and most damage from this tornado were in Illinois.  The storm entered Indiana three miles west southwest of Saint John and dissipated two miles northeast of Crown Point. 

 

Date Indiana Counties Fatalities Time
May 26, 1917 Lake, Porter 4 5:40pm
Part of a cyclical tornado family, this tornado touched down six miles south of Crown Point and moved east, leveling farms.  The deaths were in the area of worst damage along and south of IN 8, two near Hebron and two near Kouts.

 

Date Indiana Counties Fatalities Time
May 26, 1917 Vigo, Clay 2 6:00pm
Two people were killed two miles south of Blackhawk as their home was demolished.  The funnel passed north of Lewis and just south of Clay City.

 

Date Indiana Counties Fatalities Time
May 26, 1917 Monroe 0 6:45pm
This tornado moved along Clear Creek south of Bloomington.  Three entire farms were leveled to near F5 level and the debris was thrown 12 miles.

 

Date Indiana Counties Fatalities Time
March 28, 1920 Steuben 2 4:30pm
This tornado touched down on the northeast side of Orland and moved north northeast into Michigan.  Businesses and homes were unroofed at Orland, but most of the damage and both fatalities were in Branch County, Michigan.

Date Indiana Counties Fatalities Time
March 28, 1920 Wells, Allen 23 5:15pm
This tornado, or family of tornadoes, was on the ground for 100 miles from northeastern Indiana into northwestern Ohio.  The initial touchdown occurred near Uniondale and the end of the damage path was northwest of Toledo.  In Indiana the tornado reached F4 intensity south of Ossian, leveling farm after farm.  Moving into Allen County, the tornado just missed Hoagland but scored a direct hit on Townley where virtually every building was flattened and four people died.  The tornado then crossed into Ohio.

 

Date Indiana Counties Fatalities Time
March 28, 1920 Jay, Adams 17 6:00pm
This tornado formed just outside West Liberty and moved directly into the community, killing seven people.  The tornado intensified as it moved into Adams County and reached F4 strength along US 27 between Geneva and Ceylon where seven deaths took places in homes that were completely destroyed.  Some of this damage may have been of F5 intensity.

 

Date Indiana Counties Fatalities Time
March 28, 1920 Wayne, Randolph 8 8:00pm
The tornado touched down west of Fountain City and moved northeast into Ohio.  In Indiana there were no fatalities and damage was of F3 intensity.  Fountain City lost twenty homes.

 

Date Indiana Counties Fatalities Time
April 17, 1922 Warren 13 3:00pm
Though this event began in Illinois, Hedrick, Indiana was hardest hit as farms and houses were leveled and 11 deaths took place.  The tornado displayed rapid and unexpected growth as it approached the village.  The tornado then dissipated just three miles later northeast of town.

 

Date Indiana Counties Fatalities Time
April 17, 1922 Madison, Delaware, Blackford 3 6:00pm
This storm moved from Orestes to northeast of Wheeling.  Several homes in Madison and Delaware counties were flattened, resulting in three fatalities.  A post card from one of the homes near Orestes was later found in Mount Cory, Ohio, 124 miles away, with only a torn corner.

Date Indiana Counties Fatalities Time
March 18, 1925 Posey, Gibson, Pike 695 1:01pm
The infamous Tri-State Tornado touched down in Missouri and traveled at least 219 miles to southwest Indiana.  The funnel entered the Hoosier State at Griffin as a 3/4 mile wide multiple vortex tornado.  150 homes were destroyed at Griffin and at least two children were killed on their way home from school.  85 farms were devastated between Griffin and Princeton.  The funnel missed Owensville to the northwest but tore into Princeton, destroying half the town.  The nightmare finally ended as the tornado dissipated northeast of Princeton just inside Pike County.  71 deaths took place in Indiana.

 

Date Indiana Counties Fatalities Time
March 18, 1925 Harrison 4 5:15pm
This powerful mile wide tornado touched down at Mauckport and obliterated farms from one mile north of Laconia to two miles south of Elizabeth, resulting in four deaths.  The tornado then crossed the Ohio River into Kentucky.

 

Date Indiana Counties Fatalities Time
March 16, 1942 Elkhart 2 9:32pm
87 homes were damaged or destroyed on the southeast side of Goshen.  The tornado intensified as it narrowed toward the end of its life, leveling a home and killing the two occupants.

Date Indiana Counties Fatalities Time
June 20, 1942 Clinton, Howard 3 6:30pm
Half a million dollars damage was done in a swath two blocks wide and two miles long on the southeast side of Kokomo, where 2 people died.  Another person was killed north of Alto when his farm was hit.  The tornado had touched down south of Geetingsville and lifted north of Greentown.

 

Date Indiana Counties Fatalities Time
March 26, 1948 Clay, Putnam, Hendricks 19 5:10pm
This was probably a family of tornadoes, along a 40 mile long path.  The initial touchdown was south of Prairie City, and a woman was killed southeast of Asherville.  Forty farms were torn apart in Putnam County.  The funnel grew to a half mile wide in Hendricks County and swallowed Coatesville, damaging or destroying 80% of the village.  Fourteen people were killed and 150 injured in the town of 500 people.  More fatalities occurred north of Amo, on the south edge of Hadley, and at Danville.

 

Date Indiana Counties Fatalities Time
April 7, 1948 Lake, Porter, Jasper 4 5:20pm
This tornado touched down in Illinois and entered Indiana four miles west southwest of North Hadley.  One person was killed in the destruction of their farm house south of Hebron.

 

Date Indiana Counties Fatalities Time
June 7, 1948 Clark 1 6:10pm
The nation's only significant tornado of the day was this F4 that leveled homes on the southeast side of Henryville.  A child was killed as a two story hilltop home was flattened.

 

Date Indiana Counties Fatalities Time
May 21, 1949 Sullivan 4 5:00pm
All deaths and most damage were at Palestine, Illinois.  The tornado lifted four miles west of Sullivan.

 

Date Indiana Counties Fatalities Time
May 21, 1949 Sullivan, Clay, Owen 14 5:15pm
The second intense tornado of a cyclic supercell touched down near Sullivan, devastated Shelburn, passed south of Lewis, south of Bowling Green, and ended north of Jordan.  The northwest side of Shelburn suffered the worst damage where 160 homes were reduced to rubble and all but one of the fatalities occurred.

 

Date Indiana Counties Fatalities Time
March 6, 1956 Grant 1 9:50pm
45 homes were destroyed and 390 damaged on the northwest side of Marion.  Several schools were torn apart.

 

Date Indiana Counties Fatalities Time
April 25, 1961 Fayette, Union, Wayne 0 2:27pm
After touching down one mile north of Connersville, this tornado moved to one mile southeast of Boston and then on into Ohio.  The multiple vortex tornado was easily seen by residents, resulting in no fatalities.

 

Date Indiana Counties Fatalities Time
April 25, 1961 Shelby, Rush 0 3:00pm
Touchdown occurred on Interstate 74 north of Shelbyville, where multiple vortices were seen.  The tornado moved to two miles southeast of Arlington, destroying farms.

 

Date Indiana Counties Fatalities Time
April 17, 1963 Newton, Jasper, Pulaski 1 3:55pm
The fatality and most well-known damage associated with this tornado occurred near Kankakee, Illinois.  The storm entered Indiana four miles west southwest of Lake Village and plowed east, leveling farm after farm.  Homes were swept away in near F5 fashion in Jasper County.  A potato processing plant north of Gifford was destroyed.  The funnel lifted just outside Medaryville.

 

Date Indiana Counties Fatalities Time
April 11, 1965 Starke, Marshall, Saint Joseph, Elkhart 10 5:45pm
The Palm Sunday Outbreak began in Iowa, and gradually moved east.  This first Indiana tornado touched down three miles southwest of Hamlet, moved across Koontz Lake, one mile northwest of Lapaz, and ended five miles south of Elkhart.  Three people were killed in the destruction of cottages at Koontz Lake.  Six homes, a church, and Lakeville High School, which was under construction, were destroyed at Lapaz.  Wyatt was hit directly, losing 20 homes.

 

Date Indiana Counties Fatalities Time
April 11, 1965 Saint Joseph, Elkhart 14 6:15pm
This historic tornado touched down five miles southwest of Wakarusa, where it killed a child.  The tornado took on a spectacular double funnel structure as it obliterated the Midway Trailer Court on US 33, where ten people lost their lives in the destruction of 80 mobile homes.  Three more people were killed near Middlebury as homes were leveled.  The wing of a Goshen airplane was later found 35 miles away in Michigan.

 

Date Indiana Counties Fatalities Time
April 11, 1965 Elkhart, Lagrange 19 6:40pm
The tornado started 7 miles southeast of Goshen and moved to near Brighton.  17 of the deaths occurred around Rainbow Lake where a dozen homes were leveled in near F5 fashion.  Two people were killed in a home near Ontario.

 

Date Indiana Counties Fatalities Time
April 11, 1965 Steuben 44 7:00pm
All deaths and most damage occurred in Michigan.  The tornado touched down in the northwest corner of Steuben County and stayed on the ground for 90 miles to Monroe County, Michigan.

 

Date Indiana Counties Fatalities Time
April 11, 1965 Tippecanoe, Clinton 0 7:07pm
This tornado traveled from seven miles southwest of Lafayette to east of Moran.  F4 damage occurred from Cambria to Moran.

 

Date Indiana Counties Fatalities Time
April 11, 1965 Saint Joseph, Elkhart, Lagrange 36 7:10pm
This intense tornado touched down eight miles south of South Bend and moved northeast, tearing through Dunlap where 28 people were killed in the Sunnyside and Kingston Heights subdivisions.  The storm continued to the northeast and killed several more people when a home and a truck stop were leveled south of Bristol.  This is an F4 tornado in official National Weather Service records, but Grazulis feels it should be an F5.

 

Date Indiana Counties Fatalities Time
April 11, 1965 Montgomery, Boone, Hamilton 28 7:20pm
This powerful tornado began three miles southeast of Crawfordsville and quickly crossed Interstate 74.  The funnel killed a woman east of Crawfordsville, and grew into a mile wide monster northwest through north of Lebanon, killing 11 people and destroying 54 homes.  In Sheridan another ten people lost their lives as two dozen homes were leveled.  The funnel killed two more people just before it dissipated south of Arcadia.

 

Date Indiana Counties Fatalities Time
April 11, 1965 Howard, Grant 25 7:25pm
This devastating tornado traveled from two miles west southwest of Russiaville to north of Arcana.  90% of Russiaville was damaged or destroyed.  The tornado grew to a mile wide as it tore through Alto and the south side of Kokomo, destroying 100 homes.  The tornado was at its most intense as it neared Greentown where 80 homes were leveled and ten people died.  Moving into Grant County, three more fatalities occurred at Swayzee.  Marion's VA hospital was unroofed.  The Panorama shopping center was ruined and hundreds of homes were damaged.

 

Date Indiana Counties Fatalities Time
April 11, 1965 Blackford, Wells, Adams 6 8:20pm
The final significant Indiana tornado of the Palm Sunday Outbreak touched down at Roll and moved northeast to Keystone in Wells County and Linn Grove in Adams County.  Two people were killed in F4 damage at Keystone and two more in F4 damage at Linn Grove.

 

Date Indiana Counties Fatalities Time
May 14, 1972 Marion, Hancock, Madison, Henry 0 12:15pm
No fatalities occurred in this tornado despite its strength and the fact that it touched down on the east side of Indianapolis.  It then traveled east to Mount Comfort and Mechanicsburg.  The first damage was along and north of Washington Street in the vicinity of present-day Washington Square Mall (which would open less than two years later).  70 homes in Marion County were damaged or destroyed, including F4 damage in leveled homes along German Church Road between Tenth and Twenty-First Streets.

 

Date Indiana Counties Fatalities Time
April 3, 1974 Perry, Crawford, Harrison, Washington, Clark, Scott 6 2:20pm
The first significant tornado of the Super Outbreak in Indiana was this F5 terror that stayed on the ground for 62 miles across southern Indiana.  Touchdown was three miles south of Huffman in far western Perry County.  It then passed southeast of Branchville, north of Sulphur Springs, south of Curby, into the southeast side of DePauw, two miles east of Palmyra, hitting Martinsburg and Daisy Hill directly, between Bunker Hill and New Liberty, finally ending in Scott County.  The tornado had only been on the ground for a few moments before it killed a woman in her mobile home.  Another person was killed as a school bus was thrown 50 feet into a ditch near Branchville.   The funnel grew to over a mile wide as it plowed through Crawford County, leveling farms.  Another mobile home fatality took place in Harrison County as the tornado was at F5 intensity on the southeast side of DePauw, and another death occurred east of Palmyra.  In Washington County, Martinsburg was enveloped by the tornado and lost 38 of its 48 homes.  Daisy Hill was particularly hard hit, with homes swept away as the tornado maintained its F5 intensity.

 

Date Indiana Counties Fatalities Time
April 3, 1974 Hancock, Rush, Henry 1 2:54pm
This tornado touched down two miles east of Westland, moving through Grant City and Kennard, and ending four miles north of Cadiz.  Homes were leveled at Grant City and Kennard.  About 70% of Kennard suffered damage, and the lone fatality was a four day old baby at Kennard.

 

Date Indiana Counties Fatalities Time
April 3, 1974 Bartholomew, Decatur, Franklin 4 3:01pm
This tornado began one mile southeast of Grammer, passed a mile south of Letts, struck Hamburg directly, and ended two miles south of Laurel.  90% of Hamburg was damaged or destroyed.  The tornado reached its peak intensity, nearly F5, northwest of New Point as farms were obliterated. 

 

Date Indiana Counties Fatalities Time
April 3, 1974 Clark, Scott, Jefferson, Ripley 11 3:19pm
Touchdown occurred just northeast of Henryville. The tornado passed near Nabb, hit Hanover College squarely, and continued through North Madison, the northwest side of China, northwest of Canaan, ending three miles west of Cross Plains.  Hanover College was torn apart and suffered ten million dollars in damage.  The tornado intensified to F4 strength north of Madison where it killed seven people in the destruction of 300 homes. 

 

Date Indiana Counties Fatalities Time
April 3, 1974 Harrison 31 3:25pm
All deaths and the F5 damage associated with this storm were in Kentucky, primarily at Brandenburg.  The tornado crossed the Ohio River into Indiana at F4 strength and leveled farms west of Laconia.  The funnel dissipated about two miles north of Laconia.

 

Date Indiana Counties Fatalities Time
April 3, 1974 Henry, Delaware, Randolph, Jay 1 3:35pm
This event began one mile southwest of Blountsville, passing near Parker and ending three miles north of Ridgeville just inside Jay County.  The funnel was a mile wide as it crossed IN 32 east of Parker, showing off its multiple vortices.  It ripped Monroe Central School apart and leveled nearby homes, resulting in a fatality.  Students at the school had been dismissed at 3:15.

 

Date Indiana Counties Fatalities Time
April 3, 1974 Jefferson, Switzerland, Ohio, Dearborn 0 3:40pm
The second major tornado from a cyclic super cell touched down just south of Manville, leveled farms and forests west of Fairview, flattened a church north of Bear Branch, passed just south of Milton, and lifted near Wilmington.

 

Date Indiana Counties Fatalities Time
April 3, 1974 Ohio 3 4:10pm
This tornado touched down two miles north of Rising Sun and moved quickly into Kentucky and, eventually, Ohio west of Cincinnati after having crossed the Ohio River twice.  Damage was relatively light and there were no deaths in Indiana.  Fatalities occurred with F5 damage on the west side of Cincinnati.

 

Date Indiana Counties Fatalities Time
April 3, 1974 Benton, Tippecanoe, White, Cass, Pulaski, Fulton, Marshall, Kosciusko, Elkhart, Noble, Lagrange 19 4:50pm
This historic event was actually a family of three tornadoes.  It began two miles west of Otterbein.  The tornado then passed just north of Chalmers, directly through Monticello and Talma, the south halves of Atwood and Leesburg, Dewart Lake, Lake Wawasee, north of Ligonier, south of Topeka, and ended near Oliver Lake.  The tornado grew to F4 strength within moments of its formation and leveled a home, killing two occupants, north of Otterbein.  After weakening a bit near Chalmers, intensification began again as it entered Monticello.  The funnel ripped right through downtown, destroying the county courthouse.  A minibus was crossing the high bridge over the Tippecanoe River at the time, and was thrown off the bridge into the river resulting in the deaths of 5 of the 6 passengers.  The tornado regained F4 strength as it leveled farms northeast of Monticello.  Death and damage continued along the track as the tornado swept through farms and small towns.  An elementary school was destroyed north of Ligonier.

Date Indiana Counties Fatalities Time
March 20, 1976 Tippecanoe, Carroll 0 4:20pm
F4 damage occurred in a swath 80 yards wide and half a mile long five miles north of West Lafayette.  The track extended from Klondike to Delhi.

 

Date Indiana Counties Fatalities Time
July 9, 1980 Rush 2 9:35pm
The only significant tornado of the day in the U.S. was this F4 that leveled homes and killed two people south of Rushville.  The tornado traveled from two miles west of Rushville to about four miles northeast of Milroy.  The storm began its life heading to the southeast, then turned to the southwest before it lifted.

 

Date Indiana Counties Fatalities Time
January 7, 1989 Knox 0 5:19pm
This very unusual January F4 spent the great majority of its fury west of the Wabash River in Allendale, Illinois.  The storm entered Indiana eight miles west northwest of Decker.  It moved to five miles southeast of Vincennes and to a mile and a half southwest of Frichton before lifting.

 

Date Indiana Counties Fatalities Time
June 2, 1990 Knox, Gibson, Pike, Daviess, Martin, Orange, Lawrence 1 5:20pm
This family of tornadoes was on the ground for 110 miles from southeast Illinois to southern Indiana.  The storm entered Indiana as it left Mount Carmel, Illinois.  The tornado proceeded to two miles west of Hazelton, four miles east of Hazleton, one mile northwest of Bowman, and seven miles northeast of Petersburg as it moved along the White River.  Ten homes were destroyed in southern Daviess County.  The tornado then continued on to Whitfield, south of Shoals, and ended two miles southeast of Huron.

 

Date Indiana Counties Fatalities Time
June 2, 1990 Lawrence 1 7:50pm
This tornado moved from two miles northeast of Bryantsville to five miles east northeast of Bedford, destroying a dozen homes, 29 trailers, and several businesses.

 

Date Indiana Counties Fatalities Time
June 2, 1990 Gibson, Pike 6 8:17pm
The tornado began two miles west of Union, passing south of Bowman, and ended at Alford.  Two people were killed as their house was destroyed in Union.  Four people died in the destruction of ten homes, an apartment complex, 19 businesses, and a nursing home in Petersburg.  In total, 168 homes were destroyed and four hundred damaged.

 

Date Indiana Counties Fatalities Time
June 2, 1990 Jackson 0 8:20pm
This tornado impacted rural areas from five miles southwest of Clear Spring to three miles northwest of Seymour.  Ten homes and eleven mobile homes were leveled, along with many trees.

 

Date Indiana Counties Fatalities Time
June 2, 1990 Dearborn 0 10:00pm
This tornado spent little time in Indiana as it touched down two miles west of Bright and entered Ohio two miles east-northeast of Bright.  Still, over those four miles the twister destroyed more than 50 homes, including four brick homes that were leveled to the ground.  Additional F4 damage occurred in Ohio.

Date Indiana Counties Fatalities Time
November 22, 1992 Switzerland 1 4:52pm
Crossing the Ohio River twice, this tornado touched down in Carroll County, Kentucky, entered Indiana one mile west southwest of Florence, moved through eastern Switzerland County, and left Indiana four miles north of Patriot as it moved into Boone County, Kentucky.  The F4 damage was in Carroll County.  In Indiana F2 damage was inflicted upon forty homes, and some mobile homes were destroyed.

 

Date Indiana Counties Fatalities Time
April 26, 1994 Tippecanoe, Carroll 3 11:58pm
As this tornado moved at a forward speed of 60 mph it destroyed 11 homes and damaged two dozen more on its track from five miles northwest of Lafayette to three miles north of Americus.  Eighty-eight mobile homes were destroyed.  The fatalities occurred on the northwest edge of West Lafayette.

 

Date Indiana Counties Fatalities Time
June 11, 1998 Hancock 0 6:20pm
This tornado touched down west of Greenfield at the Marion County line and lifted near Maxwell.  About 45 buildings were damaged.

 

Date Indiana Counties Fatalities Time
March 2, 2012 Washington, Clark, Scott, Jefferson 11 2:50pm
After sixteen years without a killer F4 tornado in Indiana, this twister touched down at Fredericksburg and began moving northeast across the countryside.  In Washington County the tornado intensified to EF3 strength as it crossed IN 135 and ripped up chunks of pavement.  By the time the storm was south of New Pekin it was at EF4 strength when it ripped apart a large factory building, throwing debris three-quarters of a mile downwind.  Just east of IN 60 five people were killed in the destruction of a mobile home.  Daisy Hill was next in line, and also suffered EF4 destruction from the tornado described by witnesses as a "black wall."   The tornado varied between EF2 and EF4 strength as it chewed through Clark State Forest, then maintained EF4 intensity and developed multiple vortices into the village of Henryville.  Many homes in addition to the school complex were heavily damaged.   The south side of Marysville also suffered home damage, at EF3 level.  The tornado was in Scott County for less than a mile as it clipped the southeast corner, but still managed to take a life as it strengthened to EF4 and leveled homes and trailers.  The tornado then entered Jefferson County at EF4 strength and heavily damaged several homes, especially two miles south of Chelsea.  The tornado left Indiana at Lee Bottom.

Total number of F4/EF4/F5/EF5 tornadoes:  69
Total number of fatalities:  622  (some fatalities in adjacent states)


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