November-record 26 tornadoes confirmed in Indiana Sunday
The National Weather Service says preliminary findings show at least 26 tornadoes tore through Indiana during Sunday's storms.
The National Weather Service says that makes Sunday the third-largest tornado outbreak in Indiana history.
That number surpasses a November record of 29 set on April 11, 2011 and 15 set on Nov. 22, 1992. The record is 37, set on June 2, 1990.
An update Monday evening shows the strongest so far is a low-end EF3 on the Fujita scale that was southeast of Lafayette.
The weather service says at least six EF2 tornadoes packing wind speeds of 111 to 135 mph struck Indiana. It says survey teams Monday found two tornadoes in Kokomo, both rated EF-2 on the Fujita scale, with one traveling 10 miles. Adjacent Grant County also had two tornadoes, an EF-2 traveling 12 miles and an EF-0 making only a brief touchdown.
The weather service said an EF-2 tornado traveling 3.5 miles on the ground hit Lebanon. One also hit the central Indiana town of Atlanta, but no details are available yet.
In southern Indiana, the weather service says an EF-2 in Knox County traveled 19 miles, an EF-2 traveled nearly 3 miles into Washington, and an EF-1 hit north of Bedford.
In northwestern Indiana, an EF-1 tornado struck north of Rensselaer.
The City of Kokomo sustained heavy damage, with roofs torn off of homes and businesses, cars piled up on top of one another and numerous trees and power lines down. One of the Kokomo tornadoes was short and the other was around ten miles long. Both were determined to have a preliminary intensity of EF2.
They estimate the preliminary intensity of the Lebanon tornado to be an EF2 with a maximum wind speed of 120 mph. The Boone County tornado started around CR 150 South/300 West and moved northeast into Lebanon, ending in the neighborhood behind the Starbucks that was damaged. The tornado was 75 yards wide and cut a 3.5-mile path through the county, ending near Tipton.
Another tornado which began west of 6th St. and CR 1600 South in southwest Knox County moved east-northeast and ended near Long Pond, northeast of Long Road and Governors Road. That tornado was determined to have a preliminary intensity of EF2, and was 100 yards wide and its path was over 19 miles in length.
Powerful storms tore through several Indiana communities on Sunday afternoon. It was part of a larger tornado outbreak in the Midwest, where up to 60 tornadoes may have formed across several states.
In Indiana, National Weather Service survey teams visited the Lafayette and Kokomo areas; Lebanon to Tipton; Vincennes and Washington; and Veedersburg and Fountain County.
State officials and lawmakers joined those teams, including Gov. Mike Pence, Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight, Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann, Rep. Todd Rokita and Sen. Joe Donnelly.
There were hundreds of reports of damaging winds in Illinois and Indiana, including a 79 mph wind gust at Lucas Oil Stadium.
The US Postal Service assures residents in storm-damaged areas that they will continue to deliver mail and packages. Postal employees were asked to report to work Monday provided they could do so safely.
If you're looking to volunteer in Howard County, call 211.
The City of Lebanon will be placing dumpsters within the area to assist property owners with cleanup of storm damage.
City planning and fire department officials made a door-to-door sweep of the area and are compiling damage totals. Once information has been tabulated, it will be released through the Lebanon Planning Department after 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 19.
Police officers will continue special patrols in the damaged area through the night.
Police would like to warn property owners that a large number of contractors have entered the area to offer services. Some of these are legitimate businesses but others could be scam artists. Property owners are advised to check references and obtain a written contract for all services, including price, before hiring anyone to clean up storm damage. Contractors are reminded that they must have a city-issued permit before going door-to-door.