NWS Confirms Two Small Tornadoes in Tippecanoe and Carroll Counties

This is a photo of a funnel cloud north of Rossville Friday night.

The National Weather Service conducted a damage survey Saturday and found two tornadoes occurred in Tippecanoe and Carroll Counties Friday evening. No injuries were reported in either tornado.

The first tornado was rated an EF1 with maximum winds of 95 mph and a path length of 2.17 miles. It began near the intersection of 1025 East and 100 North in far eastern Tippecanoe County. The roof on the east side of a barn was lifted and thrown about 20 yards to the southeast. Several large branches were broken off trees and thrown to the west and northwest, several being drug along with the ground. A small windmill was knocked down and pointed into the path of the tornado. Several small farm vehicles were moved or overturned.

The tornado then appeared to lift briefly but may have occurred again in a field of corn before hitting a barn and house along County Line Road, northeast of where it originally began. Here another roof segment was torn off of a small barn and tree branches were thrown into the side of a house and a few went through windows. A car was also pulled about 5 feet. Another farm across the road in Carroll County had a barn roof lifted and the west wall collapsed.

The tornado continued on a northeast path to just north of the intersection of County Road 700 South and 800 West where another farm was hit with the roof and sides of two barns thrown to the north and west. This appears to be where this tornado ended. Damage at all of these locations were consistent with an EF1 and winds up to 95 mph. The storm continued moving northeast across large expanses of corn and bean fields as well as wooded areas. No additional damage could be found from the ground until just east of County Road 500 East along 100 South where the second tornado began and brushed the corner of a wooded lot and home.

This tornado was an EF0 with winds of 70 to 74 mph and a path length of 2.35 miles. The damage was primarily snapping of the tops of trees along its path. The first damage found included several trees that were snapped towards the top with large limbs broken and brought down to the northeast, but a few large limbs were convergent into the path of this tornado and pointing southeast. Marks on the ground indicated some of the larger limbs has been pulled southeast.

This tornado again appeared to dissipate but quickly start again multiple times along its path. This is consistent with spotter and eyewitness report. Several  points surveyed showed mainly tree damage and some minor shingle or siding damage to homes. This tornado ended just south of County Road 100 North about halfway between 600 East and State Road 18 in Carroll County.

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