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April 21, 2011

14 tornadoes confirmed

Tuesday’s storms produced the biggest outbreak in Indiana since May 2004

Kokomo — The line of severe weather that roared through Indiana Tuesday resulted in 14 confirmed tornadoes, according to the National Weather Service in Indiana.

Locally, straight winds caused damage in Howard, Tipton and Miami counties.

It was the worst tornado outbreak in the Hoosier State since 23 twisters touched down on May 30, 2004.

The National Weather Service confirmed there were two tornadoes in Cass County between Adamsboro and Twelve Mile, both rated an EF0 on the Fujita Scale with wind speeds between 65 and 85 mph.

Two confirmed tornadoes hit Grant County near Fairmount and Upland and were rated EF1 on the scale with winds of 86 to 110 mph.

Bruce Bender, director of the Grant County Emergency Management Agency, said Thursday that three houses were damaged in Fairmount and Upland. No injuries were reported. He said warning sirens were sounded in both communities.

Bender said Grant County officials asked the National Weather Service to survey the damage and make a determination as to whether the damage was caused by a tornado.

Marc Dahmer, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said survey teams were in Tippecanoe County on Thursday, which had one confirmed tornado, south of Lafayette, that was rated an EF2, with winds ranging between 111 and 135 mph.

He said Tuesday’s outbreak of storms was the most tornadic activity in Indiana since May 30, 2004, when there were 44 reports of tornadoes, 23 confirmed.

“This was typical of the variety that strikes in Indiana — a line of strong thunderstorms moving through the state,” Dahmer said. “This is the most coming from a line moving through the area.”

According to the National Weather Service, the largest single day outbreak of tornadic activity in Indiana took place on June 2, 1990, when 37 confirmed tornadoes touched down in Indiana. The May 30, 2004, outbreak ranks second in state history with 23 confirmed tornado touchdowns and the third highest took place on April 3 and 4, 1974, when 21 tornadoes were reported.

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