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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORTHERN INDIANA
1028 PM EDT FRI APR 8 2016 /928 PM CDT FRI APR 8 2016/

...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 3/31/16 TORNADO EVENT -UPDATE 1...

.UPDATE...FURTHER EXAMINATION OF DAMAGE IN NOBLE COUNTY INDIANA
BETWEEN ALBION AND KENDALLVILLE HAS INDICATED A BRIEF EF1 TORNADO
OCCURRED WITHIN A SWATH OF DOWNBURST WINDS. DETAILS OF BOTH
TORNADOES DURING THIS EVENT WILL BE LISTED BELOW WITH THE NEW
TORNADO DESIGNATED TORNADO 2.

IN ADDITION TO THE DAMAGE IN NOBLE COUNTY...A SWATH OF DAMAGE IN
WHITE COUNTY NEAR WOLCOTT IS BEING INVESTIGATED FOR THE POSSIBILITY
OF A TORNADO. WE ARE AWAITING FURTHER INFORMATION FROM EMERGENCY
MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS AND WILL UPDATE THIS SUMMARY AT A LATER TIME.

.WABASH INDIANA /TORNADO 1/...

RATING:                 EF-1
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    105 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  0.75 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   60 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             MARCH 31 2016
START TIME:             556 PM EDT
START LOCATION:         3.0 MI NW OF WABASH
*START LAT/LON:         40.8085 / -85.8807

END DATE:               MARCH 31 2016
END TIME:               559 PM EDT
END LOCATION:           2.8 MI NW OF WABASH
*END_LAT/LON:           40.8130 / -85.8678

SURVEY_SUMMARY: A NWS SURVEY OF DAMAGE IN WABASH COUNTY FOUND
INDICATIONS OF A TORNADO TOUCHING DOWN AND SKIPPING FOR ABOUT THREE
QUARTERS OF A MILE.

THE TORNADO INITIALLY TOUCHED DOWN ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF WEST COUNTY
ROAD 100 SOUTH...ABOUT ONE QUARTER MILE EAST OF SOUTH COUNTY ROAD
475 WEST. THE TORNADO INITIALLY DAMAGED AN OLD...SMALL METAL FARM
OUTBUILDING...COMPLETELY DESTROYING IT. METAL ROOFING WAS ALSO TORN
OFF OF THE SOUTH SIDE OF A NEARBY METAL POLE BARN. A SINGLE WIDE
MANUFACTURED HOME WAS ALSO MOVED OFF OF ITS CINDER BLOCK FOUNDATION
TO THE EAST BY ABOUT 4 FEET. SEVERAL SOFT WOOD TREES AT THIS
LOCATION WERE SNAPPED ABOUT 4 FEET OFF THE GROUND AND WERE DRAGGED
SEVERAL FEET TO THE EAST. DEBRIS FROM THE OUTBUILDING AS WELL AS
ROOFING SHEET METAL FROM A NEARBY POLE BARN WERE LIFTED AND THROWN
NORTH NORTHEAST ABOUT ONE QUARTER OF A MILE.

THE TORNADO THEN MOVED NORTHEAST AND RIPPED A PORCH ROOF OFF OF A
NEIGHBORING HOME ON WEST COUNTY ROAD 100 SOUTH. THIS DEBRIS WAS
THROWN APPROXIMATELY 50 YARDS TO THE NORTH. A WELL CONSTRUCTED
WOODEN PLAYGROUND SET WAS DRAGGED ABOUT 30 YARDS TO THE EAST WHILE
SEVERAL TREES WERE SNAPPED AND POINTED TO THE NORTH. PIECES OF WOOD
FROM THE AWNING AS WELL AS NUMEROUS SMALL LIMBS WERE DRIVEN INTO THE
GROUND AND GENERALLY POINTED IN A SOUTHEAST DIRECTION.

THE TORNADO THEN SKIPPED NORTHEAST ACROSS A FIELD TO STATE ROAD 115
WHERE IT SNAPPED THREE UTILITY POLES. THIS IS WHERE THE DAMAGE PATH
ENDED.

.ALBION INDIANA /TORNADO 2/...

RATING:                 EF-1
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    90 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  0.50 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   30 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             MARCH 31 2016
START TIME:             549 PM EDT
START LOCATION:         1.9 MI NE OF ALBION
*START LAT/LON:         41.4102 / -85.3924

END DATE:               MARCH 31 2016
END TIME:               550 PM EDT
END LOCATION:           2.4 MI NE OF ALBION
*END_LAT/LON:           41.4130 / -85.3833

SURVEY_SUMMARY: A SURVEY OF DAMAGE WAS CONDUCTED BY NOBLE COUNTY
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT FROM THE SOUTHEAST SIDE OF ALBION NORTHEAST TO
JUST WEST OF KENDALLVILLE. WHILE THE MAJORITY OF THE DAMAGE WAS THE
RESULT OF STRAIGHT LINE WINDS OF 70 TO 80 MPH...A NARROW AREA OF
DAMAGE APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN CAUSED BY A TORNADO.

THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN NEAR A RESIDENCE ON EAST COUNTY ROAD 400
NORTH, EAST OF NORTH COUNTY ROAD 150 EAST. A BARN ON THE NORTHEAST
CORNER OF THE PROPERTY SUFFERED DAMAGE TO THE ROOF AND WALLS WITH A
NEARBY WELL HOUSE AND GARAGE ALSO SUFFERING SOME DAMAGE. A FEW POWER
POLES WERE ALSO SNAPEPD. DEBRIS WAS CARRIED WITH THE TORNADO AS IT
CONTINUED NORTHEAST THROUGH OPEN FIELDS UNTIL IT REACHED ANOTHER
PROPERTY WEST OF NORTH COUNTY ROAD 225 EAST WHERE THE UPPER HALF OF
A FEW TREES WERE SNAPPED AND THE ROOF OF A LOG CABIN REMOVED AND
THROWN INTO AN ADJACENT WOODS. ALL DEBRIS APPEARS TO HAVE STOPPED AT
THIS WOODED AREA...SUGGESTING THE TORNADO QUICKLY DISSIPATED.

WE WISH TO THANK NOBLE COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT FOR THEIR HELP
WITH DAMAGE SURVEY.

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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