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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORTHERN INDIANA
845 AM EDT SUN MAY 22 2016 /745 AM CDT SUN MAY 22 2016/

...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 3/24/16 TORNADO EVENT...UPDATE AND SUMMARY

.UPDATE...IT WAS DETERMINED THAT DAMAGE DISCUSSED ORIGINALLY UNDER
TORNADO 2 WAS A SEPARATE TORNADO. VIDEO FOOTAGE AND REVIEW OF ALL
DATA INDICATES THAT AS MANY AS 2 FUNNELS EXISTED AT TIMES FROM SOUTH
WANATAH TO NORTHEAST OF HANNA. THE NEW TORNADO WILL BE LISTED AS
TORNADO 4 WITH THIS STATEMENT COMBINING THE DETAILS OF ALL 4
TORNADOES FOR THIS EVENT.

.TORNADO 1: EDWARDSBURG MICHIGAN TORNADO...

RATING:                 EF-0
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    75 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  1.4 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   150 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             MARCH 24 2016
START TIME:             314 PM EDT
START LOCATION:         1.1 MI W OF EDWARDSBURG, MI
START LAT/LON:          41.7925 / -86.1027

END DATE:               MARCH 24 2016
END TIME:               318 PM EDT
END LOCATION:           0.3 MI N OF EDWARDSBURG, MI
END LAT/LON:            41.8000 / -86.0787

SURVEY SUMMARY:
THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN 1.1 MI W OF EDWARDSBURG, MI AT THE
NORTH END OF SUNDANCE ROAD JUST SOUTH OF US-12. A VIDEO WAS
TAKEN THAT SHOWS DEBRIS BEING LOFTED WITH NOTABLE ROTATION.
THE TORNADO TRACKED EAST NORTHEAST AND HEAVILY DAMAGED A BARN
AND REMOVED SHINGLES AND PART OF THE ROOF OF A CHURCH JUST SOUTH
OF US-12. AS THE TORNADO TRACKED INTO EDWARDSBURG, TREES WERE
UPROOTED. THE TORNADO LIFTED NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF M-62 AND
US-12, WHERE SEVERAL MORE TREES WERE DAMAGED OR UPROOTED.

WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK CASS COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT FOR
THEIR ASSISTANCE WITH THIS SURVEY.

.TORNADO 2: 3.3 NE HANNA INDIANA TORNADO...

RATING:                 EF-0
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    85 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  0.9 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   100 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             MARCH 24 2016
START TIME:             130 PM CDT
START LOCATION:         3.3 MI NE OF HANNA, IN
START LAT/LON:          41.4392 / -86.7301

END DATE:               MARCH 24 2016
END TIME:               133 PM CDT
END LOCATION:           4.0 MI NE OF HANNA, IN
END LAT/LON:            41.4442 / -86.7133

SURVEY SUMMARY: A NWS SURVEY OF DAMAGE FOUND INDICATIONS OF A
TORNADO TOUCHING DOWN IN AN OPEN FIELD EAST OF THE INTERSECTION
STATE ROUTE 39 AND WEST COUNTY ROAD 1150 SOUTH. THE TORNADO QUICKLY
MOVED NORTHEAST CAUSING EXTENSIVE DAMAGE TO A SMALL GROVE OF
TREES...CROSSED 1150 SOUTH AND SNAPPED 4 POWER POLES BEFORE LIFTING
NORTHEAST OF THE INTERSECTION OF COUNTY ROADS SOUTH 100 WEST AND
WEST 1150 SOUTH.

OTHER DAMAGE WAS FOUND SOUTHEAST OF THE TRACK OF THIS TORNADO THAT
APPEARED CONSISTENT WITH STRAIGHT LINE WINDS OF AT LEAST 75 MPH.
SEVERAL CALF SHELTERS WERE PICKED UP WITH THE CALVES STILL IN THEM
AND CARRIED AS FAR AS A MILE TO THE EAST OF THE FARM...WHICH WAS
LOCATION JUST NORTHEAST OF THE INTERSECTION OF COUNTY ROAD SOUTH 100
EAST AND EAST 1200 SOUTH. AT THE TIME OF THE SURVEY...SOME OF THE
CALVES WERE UNACCOUNTED FOR. SEVERAL CENTER PIVOTS IN THE AREA ALSO
WERE FLIPPED.

.TORNADO 3: SOUTH WANATAH INDIANA TORNADO...

RATING:                 EF-0
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    85 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  0.1 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   50 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             MARCH 24 2016
START TIME:             126 PM CDT
START LOCATION:         2.5 MI SE OF SOUTH WANATAH, IN
START LAT/LON:          41.3747 / -86.8731

END DATE:               MARCH 24 2016
END TIME:               127 PM CDT
END LOCATION:           2.5 MI SE OF SOUTH WANATAH, IN
END LAT/LON:            41.3748 / -86.8714

SURVEY SUMMARY: A NWS SURVEY OF DAMAGE AND EYEWITNESS REPORTS
INDICATED A BRIEF TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN IN AN OPEN FIELD SOUTHWEST OF
THE INTERSECTION OF WEST COUNTY ROAD 1600 SOUTH AND SOUTH 900 WEST.
THE TORNADO MOVED QUICKLY EAST AND CAUSED SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO A
120 BY 80 FOOT POLE BARN WITH 80 PERCENT OF THE ROOF BEING REMOVED
AND THROWN INTO AN ADJACENT FIELD. NO OTHER DAMAGE WAS NOTED TO
SURROUNDING STRUCTURES AND THE DEBRIS STOPPED ABOUT THREE QUARTERS
OF A MILE EAST OF THE DAMAGED STRUCTURE. AN ADJACENT NORTH-SOUTH
ORIENTED CENTER PIVOT IRRIGATION SYSTEM WAS UNDAMAGED. THE TORNADO
WAS THEREFORE THOUGHT TO HAVE LIFTED SHORTLY AFTER IMPACTING THE
POLE BARN.

.TORNADO 4: 5.4 NE HANNA INDIANA TORNADO...

RATING:                 EF-0
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    85 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  0.5 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   100 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             MARCH 24 2016
START TIME:             135 PM CDT
START LOCATION:         5.4 MI NE OF HANNA, IN
START LAT/LON:          41.4360 / -86.6790

END DATE:               MARCH 24 2016
END TIME:               137 PM CDT
END LOCATION:           5.8 MI NE OF HANNA, IN
END LAT/LON:            41.4333 / -86.6698

SURVEY SUMMARY: A NWS SURVEY OF DAMAGE FOUND INDICATIONS OF A
TORNADO TOUCHING DOWN AT A FARM ON SOUTH COUNTY ROAD 100
EAST...NORTH OF EAST COUNTY ROAD 1200 SOUTH. A 1000 POUND METAL
FEEDER WAS PICKED UP OVER A 4 FOOT HIGH FENCE WITH NO DAMAGE TO THE
FENCE. SEVERAL DOZEN CALF PENS WERE PICKED UP WITH THE CALVES STILL
IN THEM AND CARRIED FOR A HALF MILE OR MORE. SEVERAL WERE FOUND
ALONG AND INTO A ADJACENT WOODED AREA WITH AT LEAST 2 PENS BEING
PICKED UP OVER THE TREES AND DROPPED IN. 1 CALF WAS INJURED BUT WAS
EXPECTED TO RECOVER. SEVERAL TREES WERE UPROOTED IN THE WOODED AREA
AND THE OUTER SEGMENT OF A CENTER PIVOT IRRIGATION SYSTEM WAS
FLIPPED AND PARTIALLY PUSHED. THE TORNADO LIKELY LIFTED SHORTLY
AFTER LEAVING THE AREA OF TREES WITH NO OTHER SIGNS OF TORNADIC
DAMAGE.

WE WISH TO THANK THE LOCAL RESIDENTS AND PROPERTY OWNERS FOR THE
HELP IN ASSESSING THE DAMAGE.

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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FISHER



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