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Event Details

Event Tornado
-- Scale EF3
-- Length 7.16 Miles
-- Width 880 Yards
State INDIANA
County/Area ELKHART
WFO IWX
Report Source NWS Storm Survey
NCDC Data Source CSV
Begin Date 2007-10-18 22:19:00.0 EST-5
Begin Location 1S NAPPANEE
Begin Lat/Lon 41.44/-86
End Date 2007-10-18 22:29:00.0 EST-5
End Location 3W NEW PARIS
End Lat/Lon 41.5/-85.89
Deaths Direct/Indirect 0/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 0/4
Property Damage 11.00M
Crop Damage 0.00K
Episode Narrative A combination of strong dynamics, wind shear, and rapid low level moisture return all combined to produce severe weather across much of Northern Indiana. One of several supercell thunderstorms produced a long tracked tornado which reached the high end of EF3.
Event Narrative The tornado continued northeast out of Kosciusko County into the southeast side of Nappanee where the most extensive damage occurred. The width of the tornado decreased to one quarter mile and intensified just south of US-6 and County Road 7 as wind speeds increased to around 165 mph, in the upper range of the EF3 rating. The tornado went through an area populated by homes, restaurants, convenience stores and 3 RV plants, all of which sustained varying degrees of damage. Local officials reported that 459 buildings were damaged. Of these, 352 were homes with 52 of those being destroyed or uninhabitable. 81 businesses were damaged and 26 destroyed. A few minor injuries were also reported, mainly from people trapped in some of the houses and a few businesses. The tornado continued into the Blackstone subdivision where numerous homes were damaged or destroyed. The tornado continued to west of New Paris near the intersection of County Roads 46 and 17 where it lifted. Numerous vehicles of all varieties sustained severe damage. Damage is estimated around $11 million.


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All events for this episode:

Location County/Zone St. Date Time T.Z. Type Mag Dth Inj PrD CrD
Totals: 0 0 14.630M 0.00K
DENHAM PULASKI CO. IN 10/18/2007 16:54 CST-6 Hail 1.75 in. 0 0 10.00K 0.00K
BEARDSTOWN PULASKI CO. IN 10/18/2007 16:57 CST-6 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
STARKE CO ARPT STARKE CO. IN 10/18/2007 17:05 CST-6 Hail 1.25 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
STARKE CO ARPT STARKE CO. IN 10/18/2007 17:05 CST-6 Hail 0.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
KNOX STARKE CO. IN 10/18/2007 17:09 CST-6 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MONON WHITE CO. IN 10/18/2007 17:38 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 52 kts. EG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MONON WHITE CO. IN 10/18/2007 17:38 EST-5 Hail 0.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CLUNETTE KOSCIUSKO CO. IN 10/18/2007 18:30 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 55 kts. EG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SHIPSHEWANA LAGRANGE CO. IN 10/18/2007 18:40 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 55 kts. EG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LEESBURG KOSCIUSKO CO. IN 10/18/2007 18:44 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 55 kts. EG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WALTON CASS CO. IN 10/18/2007 21:19 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SCOTT LAGRANGE CO. IN 10/18/2007 21:52 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 55 kts. EG 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
INWOOD MARSHALL CO. IN 10/18/2007 22:05 EST-5 Tornado EF2 0 0 600.00K 0.00K
NAPPANEE KOSCIUSKO CO. IN 10/18/2007 22:13 EST-5 Tornado EF2 0 0 3.000M 0.00K
NAPPANEE ELKHART CO. IN 10/18/2007 22:19 EST-5 Tornado EF3 0 0 11.000M 0.00K
COLUMBIA CITY WHITLEY CO. IN 10/18/2007 22:20 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 55 kts. EG 0 0 2.00K 0.00K
TRI LAKES WHITLEY CO. IN 10/18/2007 22:39 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 55 kts. EG 0 0 2.50K 0.00K
GARRETT DE KALB CO. IN 10/18/2007 22:46 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 55 kts. EG 0 0 10.00K 0.00K
Totals: 0 0 14.630M 0.00K