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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORTHERN INDIANA  
245 PM EDT MON MAY 2 2016 /145 PM CDT MON MAY 2 2016/  
   
..NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 3/31/16 TORNADO EVENT -UPDATE 2
 
 
   
UPDATE
 
THE INVESTIGATION OF DAMAGE IN WHITE COUNTY NEAR WOLCOTT  
HAS INDICATED A BRIEF EF0 TORNADO OCCURRED. DETAILS OF THE TORNADO  
WILL BE ADDED TO THE LIST BELOW WITH THE NEW TORNADO DESIGNATED AS  
TORNADO 3.  
 
THERE ARE NO OTHER DAMAGE AREAS UNDER INVESTIGATION FROM THIS EVENT  
AT THIS TIME. THEREFORE THIS WILL BE THE LAST STATEMENT ON THE MARCH  
31ST EVENT.  
   
WABASH INDIANA /TORNADO 1/
 
 
RATING: EF-1  
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 105 MPH  
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/: 0.75 MILES  
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/: 60 YARDS  
FATALITIES: 0  
INJURIES: 0  
 
START DATE: MARCH 31 2016  
START TIME: 556 PM EDT  
START LOCATION: 3.0 MI NW OF WABASH INDIANA  
*START LAT/LON: 40.8085 / -85.8807  
 
END DATE: MARCH 31 2016  
END TIME: 559 PM EDT  
END LOCATION: 2.8 MI NW OF WABASH INDIANA  
*END_LAT/LON: 40.8130 / -85.8678  
 
SURVEY_SUMMARY: A NWS SURVEY OF DAMAGE IN WABASH COUNTY FOUND  
INDICATIONS OF A TORNADO TOUCHING DOWN AND SKIPPING FOR ABOUT THREE  
QUARTERS OF A MILE.  
 
THE TORNADO INITIALLY TOUCHED DOWN ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF WEST COUNTY  
ROAD 100 SOUTH...ABOUT ONE QUARTER MILE EAST OF SOUTH COUNTY ROAD  
475 WEST. THE TORNADO INITIALLY DAMAGED AN OLD...SMALL METAL FARM  
OUTBUILDING...COMPLETELY DESTROYING IT. METAL ROOFING WAS ALSO TORN  
OFF OF THE SOUTH SIDE OF A NEARBY METAL POLE BARN. A SINGLE WIDE  
MANUFACTURED HOME WAS ALSO MOVED OFF OF ITS CINDER BLOCK FOUNDATION  
TO THE EAST BY ABOUT 4 FEET. SEVERAL SOFT WOOD TREES AT THIS  
LOCATION WERE SNAPPED ABOUT 4 FEET OFF THE GROUND AND WERE DRAGGED  
SEVERAL FEET TO THE EAST. DEBRIS FROM THE OUTBUILDING AS WELL AS  
ROOFING SHEET METAL FROM A NEARBY POLE BARN WERE LIFTED AND THROWN  
NORTH NORTHEAST ABOUT ONE QUARTER OF A MILE.  
 
THE TORNADO THEN MOVED NORTHEAST AND RIPPED A PORCH ROOF OFF OF A  
NEIGHBORING HOME ON WEST COUNTY ROAD 100 SOUTH. THIS DEBRIS WAS  
THROWN APPROXIMATELY 50 YARDS TO THE NORTH. A WELL CONSTRUCTED  
WOODEN PLAYGROUND SET WAS DRAGGED ABOUT 30 YARDS TO THE EAST WHILE  
SEVERAL TREES WERE SNAPPED AND POINTED TO THE NORTH. PIECES OF WOOD  
FROM THE AWNING AS WELL AS NUMEROUS SMALL LIMBS WERE DRIVEN INTO THE  
GROUND AND GENERALLY POINTED IN A SOUTHEAST DIRECTION.  
 
THE TORNADO THEN SKIPPED NORTHEAST ACROSS A FIELD TO STATE ROAD 115  
WHERE IT SNAPPED THREE UTILITY POLES. THIS IS WHERE THE DAMAGE PATH  
ENDED.  
   
ALBION INDIANA /TORNADO 2/
 
 
RATING: EF-1  
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 90 MPH  
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/: 0.50 MILES  
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/: 30 YARDS  
FATALITIES: 0  
INJURIES: 0  
 
START DATE: MARCH 31 2016  
START TIME: 549 PM EDT  
START LOCATION: 1.9 MI NE OF ALBION INDIANA  
*START LAT/LON: 41.4102 / -85.3924  
 
END DATE: MARCH 31 2016  
END TIME: 550 PM EDT  
END LOCATION: 2.4 MI NE OF ALBION INDIANA  
*END_LAT/LON: 41.4130 / -85.3833  
 
SURVEY_SUMMARY: A SURVEY OF DAMAGE WAS CONDUCTED BY NOBLE COUNTY  
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT FROM THE SOUTHEAST SIDE OF ALBION NORTHEAST TO  
JUST WEST OF KENDALLVILLE. WHILE THE MAJORITY OF THE DAMAGE WAS THE  
RESULT OF STRAIGHT LINE WINDS OF 70 TO 80 MPH...A NARROW AREA OF  
DAMAGE APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN CAUSED BY A TORNADO.  
 
THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN NEAR A RESIDENCE ON EAST COUNTY ROAD 400  
NORTH, EAST OF NORTH COUNTY ROAD 150 EAST. A BARN ON THE NORTHEAST  
CORNER OF THE PROPERTY SUFFERED DAMAGE TO THE ROOF AND WALLS WITH A  
NEARBY WELL HOUSE AND GARAGE ALSO SUFFERING SOME DAMAGE. A FEW POWER  
POLES WERE ALSO SNAPEPD. DEBRIS WAS CARRIED WITH THE TORNADO AS IT  
CONTINUED NORTHEAST THROUGH OPEN FIELDS UNTIL IT REACHED ANOTHER  
PROPERTY WEST OF NORTH COUNTY ROAD 225 EAST WHERE THE UPPER HALF OF  
A FEW TREES WERE SNAPPED AND THE ROOF OF A LOG CABIN REMOVED AND  
THROWN INTO AN ADJACENT WOODS. ALL DEBRIS APPEARS TO HAVE STOPPED AT  
THIS WOODED AREA...SUGGESTING THE TORNADO QUICKLY DISSIPATED.  
 
WE WISH TO THANK NOBLE COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT FOR THEIR HELP  
WITH DAMAGE SURVEY.  
   
WOLCOTT INDIANA /TORNADO 3/
 
 
RATING: EF-0  
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 85 MPH  
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/: 3.1 MILES  
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/: 120 YARDS  
FATALITIES: 0  
INJURIES: 0  
 
START DATE: MARCH 31 2016  
START TIME: 405 PM EDT  
START LOCATION: 3.7 MI SE OF WOLCOTT INDIANA  
*START LAT/LON: 40.7463 / -86.9763  
 
END DATE: MARCH 31 2016  
END TIME: 408 PM EDT  
END LOCATION: 6.2 MI ENE OF WOLCOTT INDIANA  
*END_LAT/LON: 40.7691 / -86.9250  
 
SURVEY_SUMMARY: A SURVEY OF DAMAGE WAS CONDUCTED BY WHITE COUNTY  
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT ON THE EAST SIDE OF WOLCOTT INDIANA. BASED ON  
THE PATTERN OF DAMAGE...THE FIRST 3 MILES OF A 6 MILE SWATH OF  
SPORADIC DAMAGE WAS LIKELY THE RESULT OF A TORNADO THAT WAS SKIPPING  
ALONG ITS TRACK.  
 
THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN SOUTH OF US-24 BETWEEN SOUTH COUNTY ROAD  
600 WEST AND 500 WEST WHERE A BARN WAS DESTROYED WITH DEBRIS BEING  
CARRIED SEVERAL MILES TO THE NORTHEAST. THE TORNADO REMAINED OVER  
MOSTLY OPEN FIELDS WITH THE NEXT AREA IMPACTED BEING AS IT CROSSED  
US-24 EAST OF THE INTERSECTION OF US-24 AND SOUTH COUNTY ROAD 500  
WEST WHERE SEVERAL STEEL POWER POLES WERE PUSHED OVER AT THE BASE. A  
LARGE POLE BARN SUFFERED MODERATE ROOF DAMAGE AS WINDS ENTERED A GAP  
ON THE BOTTOM OF THE STRUCTURE LOCATED NORTH OF US-24 ON NORTH  
COUNTY ROAD 400 WEST. A HOME SUFFERED MINOR ROOF DAMAGE NEAR THE  
INTERSECTION OF WEST COUNTY ROAD 100 NORTH AND NORTH COUNTY ROAD 300  
WEST. WHILE DAMAGE WAS FOUND IN A FEW LOCATIONS NORTHEAST OF THIS  
LOCATION...EVIDENCE WAS INCONCLUSIVE REGARDING THE TORNADO  
PERSISTING. THEREFORE THE END OF THE TORNADO WILL BE MARKED JUST TO  
THE NORTHEAST OF THE RESIDENTAL DAMAGE.  
 
WE WISH TO THANK WHITE COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS FOR  
THEIR HELP WITH THE SURVEY OF 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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