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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Louisville KY
600 PM EST Mon Nov 6 2017

...Preliminary NWS Damage Survey Information for 11/05/2017 Tornado
Event
...Three Tornadoes in Central Washington County, IN...

.Washington County, IN Tornado #1

EF Scale Rating:           EF-0
Estimated Peak Wind:       80 mph
Path Length/Statue/:       0.6 mile
Path Width/Maximum/:       300-350 yards
Fatalities:                0
Injuries:                  0

Start Date:                11/05/2017
Start Time:                11:04 PM EST
Start Location:            7 miles west of Salem
Start Lat/Lon:             38.5763/-86.2267

End Date:                  11/05/2017
End Time:                  11:04 PM EST
End Location:              6.5 west of Salem
End Lat/Lon:               38.5769/-86.2187

Survey Summary:

The National Weather Service in conjunction with Washington County
Emergency Management Agency conducted a storm survey in central
Washington County and determined there were three distinct
touchdowns near and around the Salem, Indiana area Sunday evening
November 5.  The first touchdown occurred approximately 5 miles west
of Salem on SW Washington School Rd.  The touchdown occurred along a
forested area which threw branches and large portions of maple and
cedar trees over the road approximately 300 yards. The most
concentrated damage was at 1630 SW Washington School Rd.  There was
an uprooted tree, along with shingle, gutter, roof and barn damage.
Several toys and pumpkins were turned and thrown cyclonically
towards the west. A trampoline was thrown approximately a mile from
the house along with lots of playground toys being thrown several
hundred yards.  There were some trees down further along the
farmer`s field, but the tornado lifted after traveling approximately
0.6 miles where a few trees were topped where it lifted. The peak
wind speed was 80 mph and most of the damage was at the tree top
level.

.Washington County, IN Tornado #2

EF Scale Rating:           EF-1
Estimated Peak Wind:       90-95 mph
Path Length/Statue/:       0.25 miles
Path Width/Maximum/:       30-40 yards
Fatalities:                0
Injuries:                  0

Start Date:                11/05/2017
Start Time:                11:16 PM EST
Start Location:            Downtown Salem on South Main
Start Lat/Lon:             38.6028/-86.1021

End Date:                  11/05/2017
End Time:                  11:16 PM EST
End Location:              Downtown Salem on South Main
End Lat/Lon:               38.6037/-86.0995

Survey Summary:

The second tornado touched down in downtown Salem at the Salem Feed
Mill on South Water Street.  There was significant damage on the
upper portion of the feed mill approximately 70 feet off the ground
along with some power poles being severely bent.  A multi-business
building was hit by the tornado with a large portion of its roof
lifted and dropped on the Dinner Bell restaurant. There was
extensive damage from falling brick.  The tornado then hit a house
on the corner of Cherry and South High Street resulting in roof and
siding damage along with several sections of Cleveland Pear trees
snapped.  The tornado lifted quickly at the intersection. The
tornado had peak winds of approximately 90 to 95 mph with a width of
approximately 30 to 40 yards.

.Washington County, IN Tornado #3

EF Scale Rating:           EF-1
Estimated Peak Wind:       90-95 mph
Path Length/Statue/:       0.5 miles
Path Width/Maximum/:       50-70 yards
Fatalities:                0
Injuries:                  0

Start Date:                11/05/2017
Start Time:                11:20 PM EST
Start Location:            4 miles east Salem
Start Lat/Lon:             38.6235/-86.0221

End Date:                  11/05/2017
End Time:                  11:20 PM EST
End Location:              4.8 miles east of Salem
End Lat/Lon:               38.6239/-86.0128

Survey Summary:

The third tornado touched down near the intersection of
Canton Road and Howell Road. Severe damage was sustained to several
barns, street signs, bird houses, and metal poles that were bent or
snapped.  A 500 gallon propane tank moved to the south 3 feet and
became lodged against a grain storage building. There was an
excellent signature of mud and dirt spattering cyclonically on a
grain silo. The tornado was extremely narrow and mostly at
tree top level with several power poles snapped near the top.
The tornado had peak winds of 90 to 95 mph and width of 50
to 70 yards.

The National Weather Service would like to thank Washington County
Emergency Management Director Desi Alexander for all of her
assistance.

EF Scale:  The Enhanced Fujita Scale classifies tornadoes into the
following categories:

EF0...Weak.....65 to 85 MPH
EF1...Weak.....86 to 110 MPH
EF2...Strong...111 to 135 MPH
EF3...Strong...136 to 165 MPH
EF4...Violent..166 to 200 MPH
EF5...Violent..>200 MPH

Note:  The information in this statement is preliminary and subject
to change pending final review of the event and publication in NWS
storm data.

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