535  
NOUS41 KILN 121148  
PNSILN  
INZ073-074-120015-  
 
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT - UPDATED  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILMINGTON OH  
0747 AM EDT THU OCT 12 2017  
   
..TORNADO CONFIRMED NEAR SUNMAN INDIANA
 
 
LOCATION...NEAR SUNMAN IN RIPLEY AND DEARBORN COUNTIES IN INDIANA  
DATE...OCTOBER 7 2017  
ESTIMATED START TIME...905 PM EDT  
ESTIMATED END TIME...909 PM EDT  
MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF0  
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...65-70 MPH  
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...100 YARDS  
PATH LENGTH...2.8 MILES  
BEGINNING LAT/LON...39.2261 N / 85.1080 W  
ENDING LAT/LON...39.2383 N / 85.0570 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.  
   
..SUMMARY
 
 
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 THEREFORE THE DETERMINED START OF  
THE TORNADO TOUCH DOWN WAS JUST WEST OF THE WESTERNMOST END OF  
INDUSTRIAL DRIVE SOUTHWEST OF SUNMAN. TWO TREES WERE SNAPPED  
APPROXIMATELY HALFWAY UP THE TRUNKS. FURTHER EAST, AT A PROPERTY AT  
THE WESTERN END OF INDUSTRIAL DRIVE, AN ANCHORED MOBILE HOME WAS  
PUSHED APPROXIMATELY 3 TO 4 FEET OFF ITS FOUNDATION (UP AGAINST A  
BACK PORCH). NO VISIBLE DAMAGE WAS OBSERVED TO THE SIDING OR ROOF OF  
THE MOBILE HOME. AT THE SAME PROPERTY, TWO LARGE SHEET METAL DOORS  
WERE BLOWN OFF A BARN. NO OTHER VISIBLE DAMAGE WAS OBSERVED TO BARN  
STRUCTURE.  
 
FURTHER TO THE EAST-NORTHEAST, A LARGE TREE WAS DOWNED, ALONG WITH  
OTHER MISCELLANEOUS LIMBS NEAR THE CUL-DE-SAC OF BRICK YARD DRIVE.  
THE LARGE TREE THAT WAS DOWNED FELL PARTIALLY THROUGH THE ROOF OF AN  
UNOCCUPIED HOME. OTHER LIMBS OF VARIOUS SIZES WERE DOWNED ON THE  
PROPERTY AND NEARBY PROPERTIES. A VERY SMALL PORTION OF SIDING WAS  
PARTIALLY REMOVED AT AN ADJACENT PROPERTY. ON THE EASTERN END OF  
BRICK YARD DRIVE (APPROXIMATELY 100 FEET WEST OF MERIDIAN STREET), A  
LARGE PINE TREE WAS SNAPPED IN HALF. A SMALL TREE LIMB WAS ALSO  
DOWNED JUST ON THE WESTERN SIDE OF MERIDIAN STREET NORTH OF BRICK  
YARD DRIVE.  
 
ON THE EAST SIDE OF MERIDIAN STREET, JUST NORTH OF EDGEWOOD LANE, A  
PROPERTY SUSTAINED FAIRLY EXTENSIVE TREE DAMAGE, INCLUDING NUMEROUS  
LARGE LIMBS DOWNED. THE TREE DAMAGE CAUSED THE PARTIAL COLLAPSE OF A  
GARAGE/BARN SHELTER ROOF. NO VISIBLE DAMAGE WAS OBSERVED TO THE HOME  
ON THE PROPERTY.  
 
ADDITIONAL MINOR TREE DAMAGE WAS OBSERVED ON EDGEWOOD LANE (SMALL  
LIMBS DOWNED). NO EVIDENCE OF ANY DAMAGE WAS OBSERVED FROM THE  
EASTERNMOST PORTION OF EDGEWOOD LANE EASTWARD THROUGH THE REMAINDER  
OF RIPLEY COUNTY UNTIL NEAR THE RIPLEY/DEARBORN COUNTY LINE  
DEMARCATED BY NORTH COUNTY LINE ROAD. JUST ON THE WESTERN SIDE OF  
COUNTY LINE ROAD (AND THEREFORE STILL IN RIPLEY COUNTY), A TREE LIMB  
WAS DOWNED AND A TRACTOR TRAILER WAS PARTIALLY TIPPED OVER (LEANING  
AGAINST A TREE). ON THE EASTERN SIDE OF COUNTY LINE ROAD IN THE SAME  
VICINITY (BUT IN DEARBORN COUNTY), IN A WOODED AREA ABOUT HALF OF A  
DOZEN TREES WERE SHEARED OFF APPROXIMATELY HALFWAY UP.  
 
FURTHER NORTHEAST, EXTENSIVE DAMAGE OCCURRED TO A BARN ON KRUSE  
LANE. ALTHOUGH A FEW WALLS REMAINED STANDING, THE ROOF WAS PARTIALLY  
REMOVED AND CARRIED DOWNWIND. POWER POLES ON THE PROPERTY WERE BLOWN  
OVER. THE GARAGE OF THE HOUSE WAS PARTIALLY BLOWN INWARD. NO VISIBLE  
DAMAGE WAS OBSERVED TO THE HOME ITSELF.  
 
ALTHOUGH NO TREE DAMAGE WAS OBSERVED TO THE IMMEDIATE EAST OF THE  
PROPERTY ON KRUSE LANE, SEVERAL LARGE LIMBS WERE DOWNED  
APPROXIMATELY 500 FEET NORTH OF THE INTERSECTION OF NORTH DEARBORN  
RD. AND FACKLER RD ON FACKLER RD. NO OTHER DAMAGE WAS OBSERVED AT  
ANY POINT EAST AND NORTHEAST OF THIS LOCATION. THEREFORE, THIS IS  
THE PRESUMED END OF THE TRACK.  
 
THIS INFORMATION CAN ALSO BE FOUND ON OUR WEBSITE AT  
WEATHER.GOV/ILN.  
 
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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