NWS DAMAGE SURVEY TEAMS CONFIRM ONE TORNADO, MULTIPLE AREAS OF STRAIGHT-LINE WIND DAMAGE IN THE INDIANAPOLIS METROPOLITAN AREA.
Damage survey teams from NWS Indianapolis examined areas of damage in Marion, Hendricks, and Morgan counties today.
Their determinations were as follows:
Speedway (Crawfordsville Road and I-465): EF-1 tornado, 105 mph maximum wind speed estimate
Speedway (30th and High School Road): Straight line wind damage, 85 mph maximum wind speed estimate
Indianapolis (Kessler and 44th Street): Straight line wind damage, 85 mph maximum wind speed estimate
Avon (10th and Dan Jones Road): Straight line wind damage, 100 mph maximum wind speed estimate (confirmed by two separate survey teams)
Martinsville: Straight line wind damage, 90 mph maximum wind estimate.
This was the first January tornado in Indiana since January 3, 2000 (Washington County). This was the first January tornado in the Indianapolis county warning area since January 18, 1996 (Tippecanoe County). A preliminary records search indicates this is only the 13th January tornado in Indiana since 1950.
This event was an excellent example of how straight line winds can do just as much damage as a weak tornado. It is vitally important to pay attention not just to tornado warnings, but to severe thunderstorm warnings as well. Significant property damage and personal injury can easily result from both situations.
Click on the thumbnails below to view the damage.
Speedway Wind Damage
Indianapolis Wind Damage
Avon Wind Damage
Martinsville Wind Damage
Below is a summary of storm reports received during the event:
PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT...SUMMARY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDIANAPOLIS IN
123 AM EST WED JAN 30 2008
..TIME... ...EVENT... ...CITY LOCATION... ...LAT.LON... ..DATE... ....MAG.... ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE.... ..REMARKS..
0605 PM TSTM WND GST WEST TERRE HAUTE 39.46N 87.45W 01/29/2008 E70.00 MPH VIGO IN TRAINED SPOTTER SPOTTER WITNESSED PIECES OF ROOFING MATERIAL BLOWN OFF BUILDINGS
0605 PM TSTM WND GST NORTH TERRE HAUTE 39.54N 87.36W 01/29/2008 E60.00 MPH VIGO IN AMATEUR RADIO
0607 PM TSTM WND GST TERRE HAUTE 39.47N 87.38W
01/29/2008 M58.00 MPH VIGO IN BROADCAST MEDIA MEASURED BY TV STATION WIND EQUIPMENT IN DOWNTOWN TERRE HAUTE
0612 PM TSTM WND DMG 1 S TERRE HAUTE 39.46N 87.38W 01/29/2008 VIGO IN PUBLIC TREES AND POWER LINES DOWN
0613 PM TSTM WND GST MARSHALL 39.85N 87.19W 01/29/2008 M65.00 MPH PARKE IN CO-OP OBSERVER
0620 PM TSTM WND DMG 4 NW TERRE HAUTE 39.51N 87.44W 01/29/2008 VIGO IN AMATEUR RADIO POWER POLES DOWN IN NEW GOSHEN
0635 PM HAIL 5 W ODON 38.84N 87.08W 01/29/2008 E0.88 INCH DAVIESS IN EMERGENCY MNGR
0637 PM TSTM WND GST 3 SE ODON 38.81N 86.95W 01/29/2008 M60.00 MPH DAVIESS IN TRAINED SPOTTER ALSO NICKEL SIZE HAIL
0643 PM TSTM WND GST GREENCASTLE 39.64N 86.84W 01/29/2008 M81.00 MPH PUTNAM IN EMERGENCY MNGR MEASURED WITH WIND EQUIPMENT MOUNTED ON TRUCK. ALSO...NUMEROUS TREES DOWN ACROSS CITY.
0644 PM TSTM WND DMG 3 N WASHINGTON 38.70N 87.17W 01/29/2008 DAVIESS IN LAW ENFORCEMENT SEMI TRUCK OVERTURNED ON STATE ROUTE 57
0652 PM TSTM WND GST 8 SE FLORA 40.46N 86.42W 01/29/2008 M63.00 MPH CARROLL IN TRAINED SPOTTER
0655 PM TSTM WND GST 6 SW SPENCER 39.23N 86.85W 01/29/2008 M58.00 MPH OWEN IN AMATEUR RADIO
0655 PM TSTM WND GST FRANKFORT 40.28N 86.51W 01/29/2008 M62.00 MPH CLINTON IN MESONET
0700 PM TSTM WND DMG FRANKFORT 40.28N 86.51W 01/29/2008 CLINTON IN EMERGENCY MNGR TREES DOWN ACROSS THE CITY
0705 PM HAIL DANVILLE 39.76N 86.52W 01/29/2008 E0.75 INCH HENDRICKS IN AMATEUR RADIO ALSO ESTIMATED 55 MPH WINDS
0705 PM TSTM WND GST BLOOMINGTON 39.17N 86.52W 01/29/2008 M63.00 MPH MONROE IN ASOS
0705 PM TSTM WND DMG DANVILLE 39.76N 86.52W 01/29/2008 HENDRICKS IN AMATEUR RADIO HOUSE HEAVILY DAMAGED ON SOUTHWEST SIDE OF DANVILLE
0705 PM TSTM WND DMG MARTINSVILLE 39.42N 86.42W 01/29/2008 MORGAN IN TRAINED SPOTTER LARGE PART OF THE COURTHOUSE ROOF BLOWN OFF
0710 PM TSTM WND DMG BEDFORD 38.86N 86.49W 01/29/2008 LAWRENCE IN TRAINED SPOTTER WINDOWS BLOWN OUT OF BUILDING
0712 PM TSTM WND GST BROWNSBURG 39.84N 86.39W 01/29/2008 M66.00 MPH HENDRICKS IN TRAINED SPOTTER
0713 PM TSTM WND GST BROWNSBURG 39.84N 86.39W 01/29/2008 E60.00 MPH HENDRICKS IN TRAINED SPOTTER ALSO PEA SIZE HAIL
0716 PM HAIL 2 E PLAINFIELD 39.70N 86.35W 01/29/2008 E0.75 INCH HENDRICKS IN TRAINED SPOTTER
0722 PM TSTM WND GST 2 S KOKOMO 40.45N 86.13W 01/29/2008 M58.00 MPH HOWARD IN TRAINED SPOTTER
0722 PM TSTM WND GST 6 NE INDIANAPOLIS 39.84N 86.07W 01/29/2008 E60.00 MPH MARION IN TRAINED SPOTTER
0731 PM HAIL 5 E CARMEL 39.97N 86.02W 01/29/2008 E0.75 INCH HAMILTON IN NWS EMPLOYEE
0735 PM TSTM WND GST 1 NW MCCORDSVILLE 39.92N 85.94W 01/29/2008 M58.00 MPH HANCOCK IN AWOS MEASURED AT MOUNT COMFORT AIRPORT
0745 PM TSTM WND DMG 6 NE ELWOOD 40.34N 85.76W 01/29/2008 MADISON IN AMATEUR RADIO HEAVY DAMAGE TO GARAGE
0746 PM TSTM WND DMG SPEEDWAY 39.79N 86.25W 01/29/2008 MARION IN AMATEUR RADIO BUILDING SUSTAINED HEAVY DAMAGE. ALSO TREES DOWN.
0748 PM TSTM WND DMG 6 W SEYMOUR 38.96N 86.00W 01/29/2008 JACKSON IN TRAINED SPOTTER TREE FELL ON HOUSE
0748 PM TSTM WND DMG 6 N NASHVILLE 39.29N 86.24W 01/29/2008 BROWN IN EMERGENCY MNGR TREES AND POWER LINES DOWN BLOCKING STATE ROUTE 135
0752 PM TSTM WND DMG 4 NE ELWOOD 40.32N 85.79W 01/29/2008 MADISON IN AMATEUR RADIO SEMI TRUCK OVERTURNED ON STATE ROUTE 37
0815 PM TSTM WND DMG 8 NW NORTH VERNON 39.09N 85.74W 01/29/2008 JENNINGS IN NEWSPAPER HOUSE TRAILER FLIPPED NEAR SCIPIO.