Wednesday’s storm spawned nine tornadoes in Indiana, NWS says

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Update: The NWS confirmed a sixth tornado in central Indiana on Wednesday making it a totl of nine tornadoes that hit the state. NWS says and EF0 tornado briefly touched ground near Indiana Heights in southern Howard County Wednesday evening. Peak winds reached 75 miles per hour.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Wednesday’s severe weather spawned a total of eight tornadoes across Indiana, the National Weather service said Friday.

Five of them hit in central Indiana and three touched down in the northeastern part of the state.

According to a preliminary report from NWS, a tornado in Kokomo was rated an EF3. Montgomery County’s tornado was rated an EF2. In Howard County, a tornado was rated EF1. There was an EF1 tornado on the Carroll County/Howard County line. Marion County’s tornado was rated EF0.

In addition, three tornadoes hit in Adams, Allen and Wells counties. According to preliminary information from the NWS, the Allen County tornado in Woodburn was an EF3. Another tornado in Adams County near Monroe and Berne was an EF1, and an EF0 touched down in Wells County near Dillman.

The Enhanced Fujita Scale is used to make these determinations. An EF0 means winds of 65-85 mph and minor or no damage. An EF1 tornado can produce 86-110 mph winds and creates moderate damage.

EF2 tornadoes can have winds up to 135 mph and shift the foundation of homes.

At EF3, like the ones in Kokomo and Woodburn, winds up to 165 mph can be produced and can lift off the ground and destroy stories of well-constructed homes.

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