Tracks are labeled with official NWS survey tornado ratings posted. Two tornadoes have been confirmed in Kokomo. One is an EF2. This appears to be near where a 109 mph wind gust was measured with a dramatic drop in air pressure.
Chad’s WLFI Weather Blog
PRELIMINARY TORNADO RATINGS VIA NWS:
LAFAYETTE: EF2 (111-135 MPH)
LEBANON: EF2 (111-135 MPH)
NORTHEAST JASPER COUNTY: EF1 (86-111 MPH)
Surveys are on-going……………more as soon as I find out.
HP SUPERCELL WITH TORNADO APPROACHING OUR WESTERN COUNTIES SUNDAY AFTERNOON:
MESONET STATION WEST OF KOKOMO MEASURED GUST OF 109 MPH AS TORNADIC CIRCULATION ON RADAR PASSED OVER THE LOCATION:
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:
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.
This pic was taken by Deanna Jackson.
This horse was wrapped in wire by violent winds on 1000E near Mulberry:
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:
There is a lot of damage in the area & NWS survey teams will be out tomorrow & perhaps Tuesday.
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
..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
There is damage in every county & tornadoes have been reported in about half our 17-county area. It is a gathering process now.
These are all the warning that were issued today (tornado warnings in red, t’storm warnings in orange).
Damage is widespread with multiple tornadoes likely, widespread damaging winds. Homes, factories are damaged & some leveled in the area.
Reports are coming in.
I have received 8 reports of tornadoes from Benton, Fountain, Howard, Carroll & Boone counties.
Cars are overturned at U.S. 52 & I-65 at Lebanon.
Wind gust to 84 mph at Grissom ARB.
Gusts to 50-60 mph possible northern Newton/Jasper.
Several cores of +80 mph gusts & tornadoes in eastern Illinois moving towards Benton, Warren & Fountain counties within the hour.
Tornado on the ground near Champaign. Tornado has likely lifted briefly near Rossville, Illinois. May come back down soon Torn. Warn. imminent for Benton/Warren.
BIG thanks to everyone for your reports!!!
Sun is poking out in places, but there are still a lot of clouds keeping it from heating as much with 60s area-wide. That said, severe threat is still high with tornado/wind/hail potential.
Tornado is on the ground near Rantoul, Illinois moving northeast at 60 mph. Supercell is about an hour from Benton County line.
Severe T”Storm Warning Newton, Jasper. Gusts 60-70 mph possible with it.
Warning for Fulton & Miami counties cancelled. Sun out in parts of our northwest counties. Dew points surging to 62-65 with temperatures 63-68.
Violent HP supercells are in central & eastern Illinois with squall line west of there.
Severe T’Storm Warning southeastern Fulton & northern Miami. Gusts to 60 mph & 0.50-1″ hail possible.
Widespread wind damage & tornadoes are being reported in central Illinois, along with 1″ diameter hail reports. WEET-TV studios is reporting damage & many homes are damaged in Tazewell County, Illinois. A large tornado is on the ground in Tazewell & Woodford counties. A cell tower was knocked down in Woodford County, Illinois. Heavy damage near Peoria.
Tornado on the ground in La Salle County, Illinois with damage. This is headed for southern & southwest suburbs of Chicago. 1.75″ hail reported near Rockford.
Wentzville High School is reportedly damaged near St. Louis.
PDS Tornado Watch is in effect for entire area until evening.
Supercells are racing through Illinois with confirmed tornadoes on the ground. Meanwhile, supercell has congealed & weakened into a cluster of storms over White, Pulaski, Cass & Carroll counties. Pea hail & gusts to 45 mph with heavy rain with it.
Line of storms forming in western & northwestern Illinois.
Severe T’Storm Warning Warren, Fountain, Tippecanoe until 12 p.m.
Supercell has rapidly popped near state line & is blossoming very fast & racing northeast at 60-65 mph!
Gusts to 60 mph & hail to 1″ in diameter possible.
As we approach noon to 3p, we are fair game for discrete supercells with wind/hail/tornado threat.
The storms in central Illinois are actually forming in line segments. This is most likely due to so much extreme shear & dynamics that the early-growing storms are staying low-topped & linear (shredded apart). However, there is a supercell with a Tornado Warning in northern Illinois.
Thinking storms in Illinois will rapidly intensify with time as they begin to handle the shear with maturity from their current infancy & juvenile stages into adulthood.
Good news is that it is still cloudy over most of the viewing area, which is hold the temperature down to 64. However, holes are developing in the stratus in our northwest & western counties with widespread sunshine in central Illinois. It is 71 at Springfield, 75 at St. Louis, 67 Chicago & 67 at Champaign. Dew points are running 60-65 there.
This said, instability parameters forecast are still likely to develop with time & the 1500 J/kg surface CAPE will spread eastward.
Particularly Dangerous Situation (PDS) Tornado Watch has been issued until 5 p.m. for a good chunk of Illinois & Benton, Newton, Jasper counties.
Another one will likely follow east of there in the coming hours.
We are fair game for any supercell development 12-3p, then the main squall line (with supercells in front of it) will pass 3-7p.
Tornadoes are likely, including a large, long-track EF3-4 possible. Widespread damaging straight-line winds & perhaps a downburst or two are possible. Widespread gusts of 50-75 mph are likely with a few isolated gusts over 75 mph. Some of the supercells may produce some large hail. Storms will be fast-moving at 60 mph.
Rapid, impressive deepening of surface low will occur over the next few hours with +150 mph upper jet from the west-southwest atop +80 mph southerly low-level jet resulting in impressive directional & speed shear. Surface instability of up to 1500 J/kg with an unusually warm, moist airmass with low LCLs will contribute to the risk.
It is already 70 at Pontiac, Illinois & 65 at Chicago. At WLFI, we have 64 with a dew point of 60.
High Wind Warning is in effect until 9 p.m. for Benton, Jasper, Newton, Pulaski, Fulton, Miami, Cass, White for gusts as high as 60 mph as low deepens rapidly this afternoon & behind cold front this evening.
Wind Advisory is in effect for everyone else with gusts of up to 50 mph this afternoon & then with frontal passage this evening.
Updates will be hourly from here on out.
Showers/t’storms will pass tonight-early Sunday. Isolated severe storm or two is possible with wind/hail.
There may be some lulling with temperatures surging to 69-72 quickly by noon. Then, noon-3p we will need to watch for the development of some scattered discrete, low-topped supercells. These will have tornado/hail/wind threat.
The main squall line will race through in that 3-7p time frame all the while discrete cells continue to pop out ahead of it.
The squall line will have wind & tornado threat with it. Also, heavy rainfall is likely. Between tonight & tomorrow, still looks like a solid 1-1.5″.
South to southwest winds may gust up to 50 mph at times tonight-tomorrow outside of any storm.
All parameters, compared with past events & their parameters, support a widespread wind event with gusts of 50-75 mph with a few isolated gusts over 75 mph & a few EF0-EF2 tornadoes.
It is possible that there will be some EF3-EF4 tornadoes in parts of the Midwest/Great Lakes. However, it is now unclear exactly where that will be.
The parameters all equal other significant late fall severe outbreaks in the region.