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Issued by NWS Wilmington, OH

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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Wilmington OH
413 PM EDT Wed Oct 11 2017


Location...Near Sunman in Ripley and Dearborn counties in Indiana
Date...October 7 2017
Estimated Start Time...905 PM EDT
Estimated End Time...906 PM EDT
Maximum EF-Scale Rating...EF0
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...65-70 MPH
Maximum Path Width...100 Yards
Path Length...2.7 Miles
Beginning Lat/Lon...39.2268 N / 85.1066 W
Ending lat/Lon...39.24154 N / 85.05855 W
* Fatalities...0
* Injuries...0

* The information in this statement is preliminary and subject to
change pending final review of the event(s) and publication in
NWS Storm Data.

The National Weather Service in Wilmington OH has confirmed a
tornado near Sunman in Ripley and Dearborn counties in Indiana on
October 7 2017.

The first evidence of damage and therefor the determined start of
the touchdown track was on the westernmost end of Industrial Drive
near Sunman. Trees of 4 to 5 inches in diameter were snapped about
halfway up the trunks.

At one property on Industrial Drive, barn doors were damaged by
the tornado. At another property on the same road, a trailer was
pushed off its foundation. Tree damage was also observed along
Industrial Drive, extending to properties on Brick Yard Drive.

On Meridian Street about a half mile south of Sunman, a
tractor-trailer was damaged by the tornado. Several trees were
observed to be damaged in a wooded area east of Meridian Street
and north of Edgewood Lane.

The tornado is believed to have crossed the Ripley/Dearborn county
line in the vicinity of N Dearborn Road.

The most significant structural damage was observed at a property
on Kruse Lane in Dearborn County. A barn had its roof partially
removed and several walls were damaged. According to the resident
at this location, metal roofing from the barn was found about
three-quarters of a mile away, and insulation was carried as much
as four miles downwind. There was also tree damage found at this

The last visible sign of damage and presumed end point of the
tornado path was about a quarter mile north of the intersection of
Fackler and North Dearborn Roads. There were 4 to 6 inch diameter
tree limbs down in this location.

This information can also be found on our website at

For reference: the Enhanced Fujita Scale classifies tornadoes
into the following categories:

EF0...wind speeds 65 to 85 mph.
EF1...wind speeds 86 to 110 mph.
EF2...wind speeds 111 to 135 mph.
EF3...wind speeds 136 to 165 mph.
EF4...wind speeds 166 to 200 mph.
EF5...wind speeds greater than 200 mph.


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