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.
The May 2004 storm destroyed 18 homes and damaged 14 others in Miami County.
Just a month prior to that storm, the Kokomo Skating Area was destroyed by a tornado when the roof collapsed during a skating party for area high school students. No one was injured.
Indiana property owners who sustained damage caused by severe weather, including tornadoes, wind and flooding, are urged to report damage online at http://myoracle.in.gov/hs/dev/flood/public/index.jsp. In the middle of the page, under “Topics of the Day,” click on “Damage Assessment Questionnaire — Report Damage from April 18, 2011, wind and flooding.”
Joe Wainscott, director of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, said residents with uninsured damage should report it quickly.
“The faster we can assess the situation, the better, especially if the determination is to pursue federal assistance,” he said.
The information received will be used to determine if federal assistance can be pursued, Wainscott said.