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June 2, 1990 holds record for most tornadoes in single day in Indiana

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Before tornado damage. Courtesy: National Weather Service

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (June 2, 2015) – Twenty-five years ago, a tornado outbreak tore through southern Indiana, destroying homes and killing a dozen people.

The June 2, 1990 tornadoes set the record for the most amount of tornadoes in a single day in Indiana. Thirty-seven tornadoes were reported, with Petersburg, Ind. getting hit the worst. More than 230 homes were destroyed from the outbreak.

“If you ever get severe weather going in the heat of the day, between 10:00-12:00-2:00, if it starts that early, it’s going to last much longer because the storms going to keep going until the energy dies down in the atmosphere later that evening,” said CBS4 Chief Meteorologist Chris Wright.

That outbreak helped set the standard for tornado outbreaks during spring and summer months.

On Sunday, an EF-1 tornado with wind speeds of up to 90 miles per hour, touched down on the city’s Southeastern side.

Despite that tornado, the state and nation have been down when it comes to tornadoes.

“Except for the storm that spawned the tornado last Saturday night, we have not had much severe weather across Central Indiana this season, but that could change very quickly,” said Wright.

Tornadoes in Indiana don’t only happen in June. In November 2013, a tornado destroyed homes and buildings in Kokomo, Ind.

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