Tornado touched down in SE Indiana on Saturday night, NWS says

A tornado snapped trees, moved a trailer off its foundation and caused other damage in Southeast Indiana on Saturday night, National Weather Service forecasters in Wilmington concluded.

The EF-0 tornado (winds of 65 to 85 mph, according to the Enhanced Fujita Scale) touched down near Sunman in Ripley and Dearborn counties just after 9 p.m. on Oct. 7 and continued on a path for approximately 2.7 miles at a maximum speed of 70 mph, weather service forecasters said in a statement released Wednesday.

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NWS investigators said a storm survey found evidence of a touchdown track at the western end of Industrial Drive near Sunman.

Damage included snapped trees with diameters of 4 to 5 inches, as well as damaged barn doors. The most significant damage was found at a barn on Kruse Lane in Dearborn County, where part of its roof was ripped off and several walls damaged.

A resident told weather service investigators that parts of the metal roofing were three-quarters of a mile away and insulation was 4 miles away.

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A semitrailer on Meridian Street, about a half-mile south of Sunman, was also damaged, according to the weather service.

Investigators said they believe the tornado crossed the county line near North Dearborn Road.

NWS investigators also said they believe the end of the twister's path was about a fourth of a mile north of Fackler and North Dearborn roads, where trees with limbs 4 to 6 inches in diameter were down.

No injuries were reported.

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