Teams from the National Weather Service have been canvassing areas hit by tornadoes to determine the intensity, track length, width, and other details of the storms from Friday’s outbreak. Though teams made some progress Saturday, this map shows where teams will be surveying damage on Sunday.
Preliminary survey results are in from a number of tornadoes, including Henryville (Clark County) where 2 tornadoes touched down within 10 minutes of each other. The strongest was rated a violent EF4 tornado with winds up to 175 mph possible. Storm damage in Holton (Ripley County) was rated EF3 with winds estimated to 145 mph and 2 fatalities. In the southwest corner of Indiana in Posey County, the tornado that moved from near Wadesville to Blairsville was rated EF2. Late Saturday night, we also got word that the Chelsea, Indiana damage (Jefferson County) was rated EF4. Pekin, Indiana was rated EF3.
An interesting map to share with you from Clark County, Indiana. The map shows tornado tracks (courtesy of the National Weather Service in Louisville) since the 1800s. Henryville, which is north of Memphis on the map, has never had a tornado track through it…until Friday when 2 did 10 minutes apart!
One thing that might make it more difficult for clean-up and recovery is snow in the forecast for Sunday. Some minor accumulating snow could bring an inch or so to a stripe of Southern Indiana late Sunday night. Meanwhile, a coating is possible for the northeastern part of the state. In between, Indianapolis will probably see some scattered flurries and snow showers, but little or no accumulation based on the forecast track of the Alberta Clipper sliding just to our south.
While temperatures here in Central Indiana will be unseasonably cold to end the weekend and start the workweek, we’ll rebound into the 50s by Tuesday and 60s by Wednesday! Our next chance of rain arrives on Thursday. Here’s your WTHR-TV 7-Day forecast:
If you’re looking for something fun (and possibly life-saving) to do Sunday afternoon, head on over to the Indiana State Museum. The IMAX film “Tornado Alley 3D” will be playing and “Storm Chasers” star Sean Casey will be on hand from 1 to 5 along with the TIV-2 (Tornado Intercept Vehicle). There will also be representatives from Homeland Security and other groups to help provide weather safety information as part of a Severe Weather Expo.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend! I’ll be sharing more on the tornado damage surveys as they come in…both on twitter and facebook.
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