Tornado Confirmed in Chesterton - updated with tornado photo!
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHICAGO IL
958 PM CDT THU AUG 20 2009 /1058 PM EDT THU AUG 20 2009/
...EF2 TORNADO CONFIRMED IN CHESTERTON INDIANA...
A TORNADO OCCURRED ON WEDNESDAY AUGUST 19TH 2009 AND WAS RATED AN
EF2 AT ITS STRONGEST POINT IN CHESTERTON...WITH A PATH LENGTH OF 4
MILES ENDING IN THE INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE WITH A MAXIMUM
WIDTH OF 60 YARDS.
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS CONDUCTED A STORM SURVEY ON
AUGUST 20TH 2009 IN CHESTERTON INDIANA TO ASSESS WIND DAMAGE WHICH
OCCURRED FROM A THUNDERSTORM THAT RAPIDLY DEVELOPED WEDNESDAY
THE BEGINNING OF THE TORNADO OCCURRED AT 732 PM CDT IN SOUTHERN
CHESTERTON EAST OF 11TH ST AND SOUTHWEST OF SOUTH PARK DR. THE
TORNADO QUICKLY INTENSIFIED AS IT MOVED TO THE NORTHEAST AND CAUSED
THE PARTIAL COLLAPSE OF A GYMNASIUM ROOF AT THE CHESTERTON JUNIOR
HIGH SCHOOL. THIS DAMAGE...ALONG WITH NUMEROUS TREES THAT WERE
EITHER UPROOTED OR SHEARED OFF...WAS CAUSED BY TORNADO WINDS
REACHING 110 MPH. THIS WAS RATED AN EF1 AT THIS POINT WITH A PATH
WIDTH OF 40 YARDS.
THE TORNADO CONTINUED TO TRACK TO THE NORTHEAST ACROSS THE NEW YORK
CENTRAL RAILROAD TRACKS TOWARD GRANT AVENUE WHERE THE ROOF OF A
WAREHOUSE HAD BEEN PEELED OFF AND THROWN ABOUT 15 YARDS BEHIND THE
BUILDING TO THE NORTH. THE PATH CONTINUED TO THE NORTHEAST WHERE AN
APARTMENT BUILDING ON BROWN AVE LOST ITS ENTIRE ROOF. THIS DAMAGE
WAS CAUSED BY TORNADO WINDS REACHING 120 MPH. THIS WAS RATED AN EF2
OVER THIS STRETCH WITH A WIDTH OF ABOUT 60 YARDS. THIS EF2 DAMAGE
CONTINUED NORTHEAST WHERE AN ENTIRE FIELD OF HEALTHY OLD HARD WOOD
TREE TRUNKS WHERE SNAPPED OR UPROOTED.
THE TORNADO THEN STARTED TO SLIGHTLY WEAKEN AS IT APPROACHED THE
INTERSTATE 94 EASTBOUND EXIT/WESTBOUND ENTRANCE RAMPS AT INDIANA HWY
49. A HOME SOUTH OF THE INTERSTATE HAD A GARAGE ROOF BLOWN OFF WITH
STILL NUMEROUS TREES UPROOTED OR SHEARED OFF. TORNADO WIND SPEEDS
HERE WERE ESTIMATED AT 100 MPH WITH AN EF1 RATING. SIMILAR TREE
DAMAGE WAS NOTED ALONG A PATH THAT CONTINUED TO GO TO THE NORTHEAST
ACROSS HWY 49 AND TOWARD HWY 20 NEAR HADENFELT RD WHERE SOME
ALUMINUM ROOFING MATERIAL OF A STORAGE FACILITY HAD BEEN PEELED
OFF. TORNADO WIND SPEEDS WERE ESTIMATED AT 95 MPH HERE. THIS WAS
RATED AS EF1 DAMAGE WITH A WIDTH OF 30 YARDS. THE TORNADO CONTINUED
TO MOVE THROUGH A HEAVILY FORESTED AREA IN THE INDIANA DUNES
NATIONAL LAKESHORE...EVENTUALLY CROSSING ACROSS HWY 12. RADAR
IMAGERY AND AN AERIAL SURVEY SUGGESTS THAT THE TORNADO DISSIPATED
BETWEEN HWY 12 AND LAKE MICHIGAN AT ABOUT 745 PM CDT.
Pictures from across Chesterton:
Roof blown off of a warehouse building in downtown Chesterton.
Roof blown off of apartment building on Brown Ave.
Numerous hard wood trees uprooted or snapped at trunk west of Calumet Rd.
Tree damage leading up to the Hwy 49 exit ramps on Interstate 94.
This picture of the tornado was taken by Ian Covert. The photo was taken on Indian Boundary Road, east of Indiana State Road 49, looking west southwest. The red traffic signal in the photo is the entrance/exit to Jewel on the north and K-Mart on the South. Beyond the red light there is another traffic signal that is green. That signal is Indian Boundary Road and 49.
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