The broad white line across southern Crawford County on this map is representative of the F3 tornado track estimated by NWS officials. The smaller white line to the east is for the F1 tornado which struck southern Clark County later the same day.
Of historical note, Crawford County was last struck by a tornado on May 17, 1999 when the town of Eckerty was hit by an F1 tornado.
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LOUISVILLE KY 1010 AM EDT MON MAY 31 2004
...STORM DAMAGE SURVEY FOR MARENGO IN CRAWFORD COUNTY IN SOUTH-CENTRAL INDIANA...
SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS AGAIN RAKED SOUTH-CENTRAL INDIANA AND CENTRAL KENTUCKY DURING THE AFTERNOON AND EVENING OF SUNDAY MAY 30, 2004.
WIDESPREAD STRUCTURAL PROPERTY DAMAGE OCCURRED ACROSS CRAWFORD COUNTY IN SOUTH-CENTRAL INDIANA. THE TORNADO REACHED MAXIMUM INTENSITY IN MARENGO IN NORTHEAST CRAWFORD COUNTY.
* MAX TORNADO INTENSITY - F3 * MAX EST WINDS - 170 MPH * MAX PATH WIDTH - 400 YARDS * MAX EST PATH LENGTH - 19 MILES * TIME OF OCCURRENCE - 325 PM EDT TO 350 PM EDT * INJURIES/FATALITIES - 1 KNOWN FATALITY...11 INJURIES AT THIS TIME
IN TALKING TO LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS AND SPOTTERS...THE TORNADO FIRST TOUCHED DOWN NEAR TASWELL IN NORTHWEST CRAWFORD COUNTY. IT THEN PROCEEDED EAST TO NEAR ENGLISH BEFORE REACHING ITS MAXIMUM F3 STRENGTH AS IT WENT THROUGH MARENGO. ITS LAST CONTACT WITH THE GROUND WAS JUST NORTH OF MILLTOWN IN EXTREME NORTHEAST CRAWFORD COUNTY.
THIS TORNADO EXHIBITED MULTI-VORTICES AT TIMES ALONG ITS TRACK AND APPEARED TO SKIP ON ITS PATH.
SCORES OF PEOPLE SPENT THE NIGHT IN SHELTERS SUCH AS THE CRAWFORD COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL. THIS WAS DUE TO BOTH RESIDENTIAL STRUCTURAL DAMAGE AND LOSS OF ELECTRICITY.
THE FATALITY WAS REPORTED TO BE A 70-YEAR-OLD MALE IN A TRAILER.
THIS STATEMENT WILL BE UPDATED AS ADDITIONAL INFORMATION IS COMPILED BY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICIALS.Back to Damage Surveys Page