Severe Weather Outbreak: November 17, 2013

November 17th, 2013 at 8:32 pm by under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog

HP SUPERCELL WITH TORNADO APPROACHING OUR WESTERN COUNTIES SUNDAY AFTERNOON:

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MESONET STATION WEST OF KOKOMO MEASURED GUST OF 109 MPH AS TORNADIC CIRCULATION ON RADAR PASSED OVER THE LOCATION:

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POTENTIAL TORNADO TRACK (SOLID OR DISCONTINUOUS) WHERE NWS TEAMS WILL LIKELY GO TOMORROW.  TRACKS BASED ON RADAR VELOCITY (THERE WERE A FEW OTHER MESO-VORTICES, BUT THESE WERE THE MAIN AREAS WITH TORNADO SIGNATURES).  THIS JUST GIVES A GENERAL IDEA:

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Parameters prior to event certainly equaled other big severe weather outbreaks in our viewing area in the fall.  That will make this one rank up with the other big fall events we have had in the past +100 years of records.  Even November 26, 1856, widespread damage to structures, trees & fences was reported on & around the Wea Plains of Tippecanoe County & a spotted tornado killed 3 & injured 1 other person at a Potawatomi village in Newton County in October of 1841.  Tree damage & village damage was extensive as wind occurred around the tornado track.  A party of hunters observed the tornado with a vantage point on the prairie & marsh.  South of Indianapolis, a deadly tornado struck Franklin (Johnson County) October 1866 with major damage.

From a radar standpoint, there were many tornadoes today.  The Kokomo tornado looked like an EF3 on radar & many others looked like EF1s & EF2s.  Couple looked like EF0s.

In all of these, there were extensive, widespread, damaging straight-line winds of 50-75 mph.  Some of the gusts exceeded 80 mph & it is possible that some downbursts accompanied the large swaths of wind.

Some hail occurred of pea to quarter size, but not much.

One supercell around 11:30 a.m. was proceeded by a band of supercells, then a narrow, small squall line of showers/t’storms with the front that produced non-t’storm gusts of 45-60 mph.  This was followed by a nice rainbow in many areas.

Up to 1.89″ of rainfall occurred in the viewing area.

RESILIENCE……

This pic was taken by Deanna Jackson.

This horse was wrapped in wire by violent winds on 1000E near Mulberry:

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Larry Myers sent this pic of destroyed trailer off Creasy Lane south of Route 26 (south of Hobby Lobby, Discount Tire, Red Lobster) in Lafayette:

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There is a lot of damage in the area & NWS survey teams will be out tomorrow & perhaps Tuesday.

PICS:  http://interactives.wlfi.com/photomojo/gallery/9973/1/november-17th-storm-damage/november-17th-storm-damage/

WLFI Reports From Viewers & Spotters…….Also Gusts Via WLFI & Mesonet to AWOS/ASOS Stations:

From Corby of Clinton County Highway:

countless barns destroyed, roofs off homes, grain bins down, grain legs toppled around forest. Spent 4 hours up there cleaning roads (some closed due to light poles laying across them) im no expert but had to be tornado. I’ll get u some daylight pics tomorrow chad. Im sure i’ll b back up there

From Charlene on Dayton Road in Lafayette:

Damage done to our roof and some siding torn off.  My kids trampoline is a twisted piece of metal :( and all of our neighbors have quite a bit of damage to their homes…roof top off of one house trees down on several other..pole barn destroyed and even a pine tree was on fire due to the powerlines. We were lucky..all on Dayton Road in Lafayette. :(

Clinton County…..4 Miles West of Michigantown (Mesonet):  M58 mph

Tippecanoe County…..4 Miles West of West Lafayette: Tree damage in Burton Cemetery U.S. 52/231 & Klondike Road

Tippecanoe County….Lafayette:  McChord Tire Sign blown down

Tippecanoe County…..Lafayette:  Billboard damaged U.S. 52 & Route 25

Tippecanoe County……8 Miles South of Lafayette:  Southwestern Middle School heavily damaged with numerous trees uprooted.

Jasper County…..Rensselaer:  Building destroyed just north of Rensselaer….trees & limbs down across Rensselaer & minor damage to homes.

Cass County…..Logansport:  Cato store collapsed at Cass Plaza with other business damage nearby.  Logansport High School reportedly has roof damage.

Clinton County….Mulberry:  Hog barns destroyed……farm house with roof damage

Boone County…..Thorntown:  M60 mph

Howard County….Kokomo:  State of Emergency declared……widespread damage….Chyrsler plant damaged, fire station damaged, shopping center heavily damage with Harris Bank “leveled”.

Fountain County….Mellot:  Extensive structural, tree & powerline damage……town blocked off

Tippecanoe County….South of Round Grove, 5 miles north of U.S. 52 on U.S. 231:  Home unroofed

Tippecanoe County….Numerous power poles snapped with extensive tree damage on Newcastle Road

Tippecanoe County….Lafayette:  Several trees & limbs down

Tippecanoe County….Lafayette:  Creasy Lane by Culver’s:  stoplight damage.

Benton County….Tornado touchdown Route 18 & 1000 West

Clinton County…Forest:  Major damage around Forest & points northeast

Benton County…..Oxford:  Tree down on car

White County….Monticello:  Grain bins & silo heavy damaged to destroyed

Clinton County….North of Mulberry:  Camper flipped & garage nearly destroyed

Clinton County:  2-3 Miles West-Southwest of Rossville (WLFI Tower Site):  M72 mph

Carroll County…..Radnor:  M81 mph

Tipton County….Atlanta:  M88 mph

Tipton County….3 Miles Northwest of Arcadia (Mesonet):  M53 mph

Carroll County…..Radnor:  Trees down in Radnor

Montgomery County…Crawfordsville (Wabash College):  M37 mph

White County….Chalmers:  Unspecified structural damage……trees & powerlines down

White County….Southwest Chalmers:  M77 mph

Tippecanoe County….West Point:  Barn destroyed

Fountain County…Veedersburg:  Master Guard Factory Damaged

Tippecanoe County….2 Miles West of West Lafayette:  WLFI-TV:  M64 mph

Tippecanoe County…..Just South of West Lafayette:  Purdue University Airport ASOS:  M69 mph

Boone County….Lebanon:  Cars overturned & thrown into a Starbucks.  Truck stop & several other businesses damaged at I-65 & Route 39.  26 homes damaged & 7 now “uninhabitable”.

Miami County….Grissom Air Reserve Base ASOS:  M84 mph

Jasper County….West of Rensselaer, Jasper County Airport AWOS:  M40 mph

Clinton County….Mulberry:  Chicken house destroyed

Fulton County…..1 Mile East of Rochester (Fulton County Airport):  M43 mph

Cass County….3 Miles South of Logansport (Cass County Airport AWOS):  M56 mph

Miami County…4 Miles Southwest of Amboy:  M46 mph

Fulton County….5 Miles Northwest of Rochester:  M46 mph

Newton County….1 northeast Morocco:  M57 mph

Newton County….4 miles north of Morocco:  M53 mph

Jasper County…Downtown Rensselaer:  M45 mph

NWS Reports:

..TIME...   ...EVENT...      ...CITY LOCATION...     ...LAT.LON...
..DATE...   ....MAG....      ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE....
            ..REMARKS..

0233 PM     TSTM WND GST     COVINGTON               40.14N  87.39W
11/17/2013  E55 MPH          FOUNTAIN           IN   EMERGENCY MNGR

            POWER LINES ARE DOWN. POSSIBLE POWER OUTAGES.

0233 PM     HAIL             COVINGTON               40.14N  87.39W
11/17/2013  E0.25 INCH       FOUNTAIN           IN   EMERGENCY MNGR

0233 PM     TORNADO          PERRYSVILLE             40.05N  87.44W
11/17/2013                   VERMILLION         IN   TRAINED SPOTTER

            TORNADO REPORTED AT I-74 AND IN 63. TREE LIMBS DOWN.

0236 PM     TSTM WND DMG     RENSSELAER              40.94N 87.15W
11/17/2013                   JASPER             IN   EMERGENCY MNGR

            SEVERAL GRAIN BINS KNOCKED DOWN. POWERLINES ON EAST SIDE
            OF TOWN ARE DOWN AS WELL AS TREES ALONG WITH ROOF DAMAGE
            TO BUSINESSES AND SHEDS.

0240 PM     TORNADO          GOODLAND                40.76N 87.29W
11/17/2013                   NEWTON             IN   EMERGENCY MNGR

            NO INJURIES. DAMAGE TO GRAIN BINS, MINOR STRUCTURAL
            DAMAGE TO HOMES, UTILITY POLES AND TREES DOWN. TOUCH DOWN
            NEAR US-24 AND NEWTON ST.

0245 PM     TSTM WND GST     3 E VEEDERSBURG         40.11N  87.20W
11/17/2013  U0 MPH           FOUNTAIN           IN   TRAINED SPOTTER

            SEMI BLOWN OVER ON I-74 MILE MARKER 17

0247 PM     TORNADO          8 S LAFAYETTE           40.30N  86.87W
11/17/2013                   TIPPECANOE         IN   TRAINED SPOTTER

            TREES AND POWER POLES SNAPPED. SEVERAL STRUCTURES
            PARTIALLY OR TOTALLY DESTROYED. TIME ESTIMATED.

0249 PM     TSTM WND GST     DAYTON                  40.38N  86.78W
11/17/2013  M82 MPH          TIPPECANOE         IN   AMATEUR RADIO

            NO DAMAGE REPORTED

0300 PM     TSTM WND GST     LAFAYETTE               40.41N  86.87W
11/17/2013  E60 MPH          TIPPECANOE         IN   TRAINED SPOTTER

            US 231 AND SR 26

0300 PM     TSTM WND DMG     RUSSIAVILLE             40.42N  86.27W
11/17/2013                   HOWARD             IN   AMATEUR RADIO

            480 W AND SR 26 - ROOF OFF HOUSE

0300 PM     TSTM WND DMG     MONTICELLO              40.75N  86.76W
11/17/2013                   WHITE              IN   PUBLIC

            TREE UPROOTED IN MONTICELLO

0307 PM     TSTM WND DMG     2 N WEST LAFAYETTE      40.47N  86.91W
11/17/2013                   TIPPECANOE         IN   AMATEUR RADIO

            US 29 AND MANCHESTER ROAD - BARN DAMAGED... TREES DOWN

0309 PM     TORNADO          13 NW LAFAYETTE         40.54N  87.05W
11/17/2013                   TIPPECANOE         IN   TRAINED SPOTTER

            POSSIBLE RAIN WRAPPED TORNADO. SHEET METAL CAUGHT IN A
            FENCE. NEAREST BUILDINGS ACROSS A FIELD A FEW ACRES
            AWAY.

0309 PM     TSTM WND DMG     LEBANON                 40.05N  86.47W
11/17/2013                   BOONE              IN   AMATEUR RADIO

            I-65 MILE MARKER 60 - OVERTURNED SEMI

0310 PM     TORNADO          ROSSVILLE               40.42N  86.60W
11/17/2013                   CLINTON            IN   FIRE DEPT/RESCUE

            TORNADO REPORTED AT CR5 1000 W AND 713 N

0310 PM     TSTM WND GST     COLFAX                  40.19N  86.67W
11/17/2013  E65 MPH          CLINTON            IN   AMATEUR RADIO

            ROBOY RD AND LINDON ROAD. NO DAMAGE REPROTED.

0312 PM     TSTM WND DMG     DENHAM                  41.15N  86.71W
11/17/2013                   PULASKI            IN   PUBLIC

            MULTIPLE CENTER PIVOTS FLIPPED. POSSIBLE TORNADIC
            DAMAGE.

0315 PM     TSTM WND GST     BURLINGTON              40.48N  86.39W
11/17/2013  E60 MPH          CARROLL            IN   AMATEUR RADIO

            NO DAMAGE REPORTED

0319 PM     TSTM WND DMG     BURLINGTON              40.48N  86.39W
11/17/2013                   CARROLL            IN   AMATEUR RADIO

            2 FOOT TREES UPROOTED.

0319 PM     TSTM WND DMG     DARLINGTON              40.11N  86.78W
11/17/2013                   MONTGOMERY         IN   AMATEUR RADIO

            TELEPHONE POLES DOWN AT 1350 E AND 850 W

0320 PM     TORNADO          RUSSIAVILLE             40.42N  86.27W
11/17/2013                   HOWARD             IN   EMERGENCY MNGR

            TORNADO ON THE GROUND AT 13172 E CR 500 N. HEADING NE
            TO RUSSIAVILLE.

0320 PM     TSTM WND DMG     4 SE DELPHI             40.54N  86.62W
11/17/2013                   CARROLL            IN   TRAINED SPOTTER

            TREES... POWER LINES AND SOME STRUCTURAL DAMAGE
            OBSERVED

0323 PM     TSTM WND DMG     SE GALVESTON            40.58N  86.19W
11/17/2013                   CASS               IN   PUBLIC

            BOB EVANS BILLBOARD SIGN RIPPED IN HALF.

0324 PM     TSTM WND DMG     1 NW ROCHESTER          41.08N  86.23W
11/17/2013                   FULTON             IN   EMERGENCY MNGR

            30 FOOT PINE SNAPPED 4 FEET ABOVE THE BASE

0325 PM     TORNADO          4 SE DELPHI             40.54N  86.62W
11/17/2013                   CARROLL            IN   TRAINED SPOTTER

            THREE HOMES REPORTEDLY HIT BY TORNADO

0326 PM     TSTM WND DMG     SE BENNETTS SWITCH      40.59N  86.11W
11/17/2013                   MIAMI              IN   EMERGENCY MNGR

            MCCLURES GAS STATION AWNING DESTROYED. STOP LIGHTS
            RIPPED FROM THE MOUNTS.

0330 PM     TSTM WND DMG     4 E JAMESTOWN           39.93N  86.55W
11/17/2013                   BOONE              IN   AMATEUR RADIO

            TREE LIMBS DOWN ON SR 136

0331 PM     TSTM WND DMG     5 N KOKOMO              40.55N  86.13W
11/17/2013                   HOWARD             IN   AMATEUR RADIO

            US 31 AND 600 N - SNAPPED TREES

0336 PM     TSTM WND GST     NEW ROSS                39.96N  86.71W
11/17/2013  M60 MPH          MONTGOMERY         IN   AMATEUR RADIO

            SR 136

0337 PM     TSTM WND GST     THORNTOWN               40.13N  86.61W
11/17/2013  E60 MPH          BOONE              IN   TRAINED SPOTTER

            NO DAMAGE REPORTED

0340 PM     TORNADO          LEBANON                 40.05N  86.47W
11/17/2013                   BOONE              IN   AMATEUR RADIO

            CARS OVERTURNED AND SEVERE STRUCTURAL DAMAGE NEAR US 52
            AND I65

0340 PM     TSTM WND GST     5 E KOKOMO              40.48N  86.04W
11/17/2013  E60 MPH          HOWARD             IN   AMATEUR RADIO

0341 PM     FUNNEL CLOUD     1 E ADVANCE             40.00N  86.60W
11/17/2013                   BOONE              IN   EMERGENCY MNGR

            SPOTTER SAW ROTATION BUT NO EVIDENCE OF ANYTHING ON THE
            GROUND.

0344 PM     TORNADO          LEBANON                 40.05N  86.47W
11/17/2013                   BOONE              IN   TRAINED SPOTTER

            TORNADO REPORTED BY SPOTTER

0350 PM     TSTM WND DMG     5 N LEBANON             40.12N  86.47W
11/17/2013                   BOONE              IN   AMATEUR RADIO

            2 FOOT TREES DOWN AT 200 E AND 500 N

0352 PM     TORNADO          2 SW LEBANON            40.03N  86.50W
11/17/2013                   BOONE              IN   TRAINED SPOTTER

            LARGE TONADO ON THE GROUND TO THE NE

0355 PM     TSTM WND DMG     KOKOMO                  40.48N  86.13W
11/17/2013                   HOWARD             IN   AMATEUR RADIO

            SEVERAL HOMES DESTROYED. JC PENNY WINDOWS BLOWN OUT.

0426 PM     TSTM WND GST     TIPTON                  40.28N  86.04W
11/17/2013  E60 MPH          TIPTON             IN   AMATEUR RADIO

0432 PM     TSTM WND GST     3 E TIPTON              40.28N  85.98W
11/17/2013  E60 MPH          TIPTON             IN   AMATEUR RADIO

            SR 213 AND SR 28

0452 PM     HEAVY RAIN       WINDFALL                40.36N  85.96W
11/17/2013  M1.89 INCH       TIPTON             IN   AMATEUR RADIO

0452 PM     HEAVY RAIN       SHARPSVILLE             40.38N  86.09W
11/17/2013  M1.40 INCH       TIPTON             IN   AMATEUR RADIO

0456 PM     TORNADO          2 NE ATLANTA            40.24N  86.00W
11/17/2013                   TIPTON             IN   TRAINED SPOTTER

            HOUSE REPORTEDLY HIT BY TORNADO

12 Responses to “Severe Weather Outbreak: November 17, 2013”

  1. James norwood says:

    McHale at Logansport high school reportedly lost its roof as well as Cato store in nearby Cass plaza said to have collapsed, with other business damaged nearby. Kokomo had severe damage to Erik’s Chevrolet, jc penny, uaw 685 hall, entire maplecrest plaza including Harris Bank being leveled, Chrysler casting has small damage and Chrysler Kokomo transmission plant heavy damage, adjacent Kokomo fire station number 6 also heavily damaged. A home was sitting in the middle of home ave and hoffer street as well due to the winds. Much more damage in Kokomo, but too much to list.

  2. Robert S says:

    Rensselaer has some trees down and lots of minor damage to houses. On the highway north of Rensselaer a building was destroyed and two buildings near it were damaged. Some of Rensselaer had a power outage for about an hour.

  3. James norwood says:

    I forgot to mention the large power poles along US 35 near Lincoln are toppled as well.

  4. ch n ffort says:

    Countless barns destroyed, roofs off homes, grain bins down, grain legs toppled around forest. Spent 4 hours up there cleaning roads (some closed due to light poles laying across them) im no expert but had to be tornado. I’ll get u some daylight pics tomorrow chad. Im sure i’ll b back up there

  5. Doug in Flora says:

    Wasn’t able to survey potential damage in Flora; winds too high and dangerous. Will take a look tomorrow morning.

  6. Barbie in Ffort says:

    Was up in Lafayette after the storm. The cemetery on St.Rd 25 had quite a few big trees down and a couple with the tops snapped off. The area around 17th, 18th and the side streets had limbs down and no power. West of Frankfort to at least 65 had no power either. And parts of town didn’t have power though I think it is back on now.

  7. When I opened the sliding glass doors and heard that terrible roar that’s when I hit the basement!! That had to be the one that hit Kokomo!! Cliff Rossville.

  8. I say again…What a weather day!! Chad we SO appreciate you and the dedication you have to us. Really….kudos to you, my friend.

    MA in REM

  9. Kevin fingerle says:

    Many neighbors have houses damaged or destroyed. Lots of barns destroyed here in southern Carroll county. Two neighbors watched the tornado move thru here

  10. Ron says:

    I second Mary Anne’s comment. I also watched Indianapolis weather teams during this event and I have to say that Chad and WLFI were hands-down the best live information on this weather event. How eery it is to see Chad show those 100+mph winds with his “magic wand” and realize that is live reporting of what is tremendously destructive below that wand. I knew almost to the minute when that line was going to hit our house. I was so glued to the TV set, I could hardly tear myself away to go to the basement when it hit — I turned up the volume on the TV so I could hear it in the basement.
    Yes… we in the Lafayette viewing area are very fortunate to have Chad Evans reporting our weather…

  11. Don in Huntington says:

    Storms lost some energy as they exited Howard and Miami counties and traveled NE. Even so, I personally measured straight line winds of 50+ around 1100 hours up on the Whitley/Huntington county line. This was well before the storms got to our area.

    Within Huntington county, several trees down, some into houses and but mostly into power lines. Had one house destroyed on the Wabash/Huntington county line and NE of that, a barn was flattened. No evidence of a tornado. Some public service units in the southern part of Huntington county were in rain and wind so hard that visibility was less than 100 feet.

  12. Bill in C'ville says:

    Oddly enough my highest measured wind gust was just after all the storms exited was 51 mph just 2 west of crawfordsville city limits. During the storms measured 43mph.

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