Indiana Tornado Count Increases To 14
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At least 14 tornadoes touched down in Indiana as numerous severe thunderstorms bore down on the state Wednesday, injuring at least 34 people.There were three new confirmed tornadoes in central Indiana, one in Decatur County, adding to another that had already been confirmed there, another in the Morristown area of Shelby County and a third in Vanderburgh County. Another tornado was confirmed in Parke County. Aerial Video Tours: | | Slideshows: | The National Weather Service planned to send teams out again Friday to investigate more possible tornadoes in Gibson, Vanderburgh and Pike counties in southwest Indiana.The tornado in Vanderburgh County was an EF-1, with winds up to 110 mph, and hit near the town of Nisbet.The most powerful tornadoes Wednesday were three EF-2 twisters -- one in Dubois County about 75 miles west of Louisville, one in a rural area east of Bedford about 25 miles south of Bloomington and one in Newton County in northwest Indiana.Seven other tornados also touched down, including another one in Newton County, another one in Dubois County, one near Bloomington, two in Jasper County, one in Pulaski County and one in Decatur County.The first confirmed tornado to touch down, near Greensburg, caused extensive storm damage on the southwest side of the city.The NWS said the tornado was a high-end EF-1 with maximum wind speeds of 105 mph.Video there showed the tops ripped off barns and debris scattered across fields. The most extensive damage reached from the Decatur County Airport northeast through Greensburg City Park and the Greensburg Country Club.At the airport, several hangars sustained damage, with pieces of roof flung across runways and nearby roads."In the 20 years I've been on the fire department, this is the worst I've ever seen," said Greensburg Fire Chief Scott Chasteen.Storm survey crews discovered tornado damage in a neighborhood about a mile south of the Interstate 74 and U.S. 421 interchange. That storm was also confirmed as a second tornado in Decatur County.The Lawrence County tornado was determined to be a high-end EF-2, with winds of up to 135 mph, meteorologists said.The tornado touched down just after 8 p.m. near Brown Station Road and U.S. 50, and cut a 7-mile-long swath up to a quarter-mile wide, injuring several people and damaging homes and buildings. Watch: | YouTube Video Of Tornado, Courtesy Kathy Scarlett | A third confirmed tornado hit later in the evening, ripping through a mobile home park at State Road 45 and Eller Road in the town of Stanford. That twister was determined to be an EF-1, with winds up to 110 mph. Watch: | Eight people, including three children, were injured when mobile homes were flipped by the winds.The damage path in Bloomington started near SR 45 and SR 47 and ended near SR 37, officials said."It appears that a series of microbursts with weak embedded tornadoes caused the storm damage in Bloomington," a news release from the NWS said.In southwestern Indiana, the tornado in Huntingburg was determined to be an EF-2 with winds of 115 mph. The tornado in Haysville was rated as EF-1.The NWS service also reported that damage a mile west of the town of Letts in Decatur County was caused by straight line winds.Bartholomew County Emergency Management officials reported three silos, a barn and a home were damaged by a possible tornado or straight-line winds. There were also several trees down.