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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORTHERN INDIANA  
845 AM EDT SUN MAY 22 2016 /745 AM CDT SUN MAY 22 2016/  
   
..NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 3/24/16 TORNADO EVENT
 
UPDATE AND SUMMARY  
   
UPDATE
 
IT WAS DETERMINED THAT DAMAGE DISCUSSED ORIGINALLY UNDER  
TORNADO 2 WAS A SEPARATE TORNADO. VIDEO FOOTAGE AND REVIEW OF ALL  
DATA INDICATES THAT AS MANY AS 2 FUNNELS EXISTED AT TIMES FROM SOUTH  
WANATAH TO NORTHEAST OF HANNA. THE NEW TORNADO WILL BE LISTED AS  
TORNADO 4 WITH THIS STATEMENT COMBINING THE DETAILS OF ALL 4  
TORNADOES FOR THIS EVENT.  
   
TORNADO 1: EDWARDSBURG MICHIGAN TORNADO
 
 
RATING: EF-0  
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 75 MPH  
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/: 1.4 MILES  
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/: 150 YARDS  
FATALITIES: 0  
INJURIES: 0  
 
START DATE: MARCH 24 2016  
START TIME: 314 PM EDT  
START LOCATION: 1.1 MI W OF EDWARDSBURG, MI  
START LAT/LON: 41.7925 / -86.1027  
 
END DATE: MARCH 24 2016  
END TIME: 318 PM EDT  
END LOCATION: 0.3 MI N OF EDWARDSBURG, MI  
END LAT/LON: 41.8000 / -86.0787  
 
SURVEY SUMMARY:  
THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN 1.1 MI W OF EDWARDSBURG, MI AT THE  
NORTH END OF SUNDANCE ROAD JUST SOUTH OF US-12. A VIDEO WAS  
TAKEN THAT SHOWS DEBRIS BEING LOFTED WITH NOTABLE ROTATION.  
THE TORNADO TRACKED EAST NORTHEAST AND HEAVILY DAMAGED A BARN  
AND REMOVED SHINGLES AND PART OF THE ROOF OF A CHURCH JUST SOUTH  
OF US-12. AS THE TORNADO TRACKED INTO EDWARDSBURG, TREES WERE  
UPROOTED. THE TORNADO LIFTED NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF M-62 AND  
US-12, WHERE SEVERAL MORE TREES WERE DAMAGED OR UPROOTED.  
 
WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK CASS COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT FOR  
THEIR ASSISTANCE WITH THIS SURVEY.  
   
TORNADO 2: 3.3 NE HANNA INDIANA TORNADO
 
 
RATING: EF-0  
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 85 MPH  
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/: 0.9 MILES  
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/: 100 YARDS  
FATALITIES: 0  
INJURIES: 0  
 
START DATE: MARCH 24 2016  
START TIME: 130 PM CDT  
START LOCATION: 3.3 MI NE OF HANNA, IN  
START LAT/LON: 41.4392 / -86.7301  
 
END DATE: MARCH 24 2016  
END TIME: 133 PM CDT  
END LOCATION: 4.0 MI NE OF HANNA, IN  
END LAT/LON: 41.4442 / -86.7133  
 
SURVEY SUMMARY: A NWS SURVEY OF DAMAGE FOUND INDICATIONS OF A  
TORNADO TOUCHING DOWN IN AN OPEN FIELD EAST OF THE INTERSECTION  
STATE ROUTE 39 AND WEST COUNTY ROAD 1150 SOUTH. THE TORNADO QUICKLY  
MOVED NORTHEAST CAUSING EXTENSIVE DAMAGE TO A SMALL GROVE OF  
TREES...CROSSED 1150 SOUTH AND SNAPPED 4 POWER POLES BEFORE LIFTING  
NORTHEAST OF THE INTERSECTION OF COUNTY ROADS SOUTH 100 WEST AND  
WEST 1150 SOUTH.  
 
OTHER DAMAGE WAS FOUND SOUTHEAST OF THE TRACK OF THIS TORNADO THAT  
APPEARED CONSISTENT WITH STRAIGHT LINE WINDS OF AT LEAST 75 MPH.  
SEVERAL CALF SHELTERS WERE PICKED UP WITH THE CALVES STILL IN THEM  
AND CARRIED AS FAR AS A MILE TO THE EAST OF THE FARM...WHICH WAS  
LOCATION JUST NORTHEAST OF THE INTERSECTION OF COUNTY ROAD SOUTH 100  
EAST AND EAST 1200 SOUTH. AT THE TIME OF THE SURVEY...SOME OF THE  
CALVES WERE UNACCOUNTED FOR. SEVERAL CENTER PIVOTS IN THE AREA ALSO  
WERE FLIPPED.  
   
TORNADO 3: SOUTH WANATAH INDIANA TORNADO
 
 
RATING: EF-0  
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 85 MPH  
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/: 0.1 MILES  
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/: 50 YARDS  
FATALITIES: 0  
INJURIES: 0  
 
START DATE: MARCH 24 2016  
START TIME: 126 PM CDT  
START LOCATION: 2.5 MI SE OF SOUTH WANATAH, IN  
START LAT/LON: 41.3747 / -86.8731  
 
END DATE: MARCH 24 2016  
END TIME: 127 PM CDT  
END LOCATION: 2.5 MI SE OF SOUTH WANATAH, IN  
END LAT/LON: 41.3748 / -86.8714  
 
SURVEY SUMMARY: A NWS SURVEY OF DAMAGE AND EYEWITNESS REPORTS  
INDICATED A BRIEF TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN IN AN OPEN FIELD SOUTHWEST OF  
THE INTERSECTION OF WEST COUNTY ROAD 1600 SOUTH AND SOUTH 900 WEST.  
THE TORNADO MOVED QUICKLY EAST AND CAUSED SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO A  
120 BY 80 FOOT POLE BARN WITH 80 PERCENT OF THE ROOF BEING REMOVED  
AND THROWN INTO AN ADJACENT FIELD. NO OTHER DAMAGE WAS NOTED TO  
SURROUNDING STRUCTURES AND THE DEBRIS STOPPED ABOUT THREE QUARTERS  
OF A MILE EAST OF THE DAMAGED STRUCTURE. AN ADJACENT NORTH-SOUTH  
ORIENTED CENTER PIVOT IRRIGATION SYSTEM WAS UNDAMAGED. THE TORNADO  
WAS THEREFORE THOUGHT TO HAVE LIFTED SHORTLY AFTER IMPACTING THE  
POLE BARN.  
   
TORNADO 4: 5.4 NE HANNA INDIANA TORNADO
 
 
RATING: EF-0  
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 85 MPH  
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/: 0.5 MILES  
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/: 100 YARDS  
FATALITIES: 0  
INJURIES: 0  
 
START DATE: MARCH 24 2016  
START TIME: 135 PM CDT  
START LOCATION: 5.4 MI NE OF HANNA, IN  
START LAT/LON: 41.4360 / -86.6790  
 
END DATE: MARCH 24 2016  
END TIME: 137 PM CDT  
END LOCATION: 5.8 MI NE OF HANNA, IN  
END LAT/LON: 41.4333 / -86.6698  
 
SURVEY SUMMARY: A NWS SURVEY OF DAMAGE FOUND INDICATIONS OF A  
TORNADO TOUCHING DOWN AT A FARM ON SOUTH COUNTY ROAD 100  
EAST...NORTH OF EAST COUNTY ROAD 1200 SOUTH. A 1000 POUND METAL  
FEEDER WAS PICKED UP OVER A 4 FOOT HIGH FENCE WITH NO DAMAGE TO THE  
FENCE. SEVERAL DOZEN CALF PENS WERE PICKED UP WITH THE CALVES STILL  
IN THEM AND CARRIED FOR A HALF MILE OR MORE. SEVERAL WERE FOUND  
ALONG AND INTO A ADJACENT WOODED AREA WITH AT LEAST 2 PENS BEING  
PICKED UP OVER THE TREES AND DROPPED IN. 1 CALF WAS INJURED BUT WAS  
EXPECTED TO RECOVER. SEVERAL TREES WERE UPROOTED IN THE WOODED AREA  
AND THE OUTER SEGMENT OF A CENTER PIVOT IRRIGATION SYSTEM WAS  
FLIPPED AND PARTIALLY PUSHED. THE TORNADO LIKELY LIFTED SHORTLY  
AFTER LEAVING THE AREA OF TREES WITH NO OTHER SIGNS OF TORNADIC  
DAMAGE.  
 
WE WISH TO THANK THE LOCAL RESIDENTS AND PROPERTY OWNERS FOR THE  
HELP IN ASSESSING THE DAMAGE.  
 
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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