Tornado outbreak of August 24, 2016

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Tornado outbreak of August 24, 2016
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Farm machinery mangled beyond recognition by a high-end EF3 tornado near Woodburn, Indiana.
TypeTornado outbreak
DurationAugust 24, 2016
Tornadoes confirmed24 confirmed
Max rating1EF3 tornado
Duration of tornado outbreak26 hours, 28 minutes
Damage>$100 million
CasualtiesUnknown
Areas affectedIndiana, Ohio, Ontario
1Most severe tornado damage; see Enhanced Fujita scale 2Time from first tornado to last tornado

The Tornado outbreak of August 24, 2016 was a six-hour tornado outbreak in which a total of 24 tornadoes touched down in Ontario, Indiana and Ohio. Several of these tornadoes were strong and caused significant damage, including a high-end EF2 that struck Windsor, Ontario, Canada and an EF3 that struck Kokomo, Indiana. This particular tornado outbreak was unusual for multiple reasons, including the fact that it was largely unexpected. The Storm Prediction Center had issued only a slight risk for severe weather that day, with the threat for a tornado or two limited to parts of Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, and Illinois. Despite this, the outbreak unfolded entirely outside of the outlined threat area as numerous supercell thunderstorms developed unexpectedly across parts of the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley, producing numerous tornadoes. Tornado outbreaks of this size and intensity are also not commonly seen during the late summer months across the Ohio Valley region. Despite the damage, few injuries and no fatalities occurred.

Confirmed tornadoes[edit]

Confirmed tornadoes by Enhanced Fujita rating
EFU EF0 EF1 EF2 EF3 EF4 EF5 Total
0 12 6 4 2 0 0 24
List of confirmed tornadoes on Wednesday, August 24, 2016[note 1]
EF# Location County / Parish State / Province Start Coord. Time (UTC) Path length Max width Damage[note 2] Summary Refs
EF2 SE of Crawfordsville Montgomery IN 40°00′06″N 86°52′25″W / 40.0018°N 86.8735°W / 40.0018; -86.8735 (Crawfordsville (Aug. 24, EF2)) 1838–1848 5.37 mi (8.64 km) 125 yd (114 m) $75,000 This tornado damaged 30 homes, with the most severe damage occurring in the Linnsburg area. Extensive damage to trees and barns occurred as well. [1]
EF3 Southern Kokomo Howard IN 40°27′41″N 86°11′18″W / 40.4613°N 86.1884°W / 40.4613; -86.1884 (Kokomo (Aug. 24, EF3)) 1920–1934 8.63 mi (13.89 km) 300 yd (270 m) $10,000,000 Strong tornado caused major damage in the southern part of Kokomo. 1,000 homes were damaged, 170 of which sustained major damage. 80 of these homes were destroyed, some sustaining loss of roofs and exterior walls. Many large trees and power poles were snapped along the path, and the Park Place Apartments were heavily damaged as well. Vehicles were also damaged, including a large truck that was moved 10 feet from the driveway of a house and flipped over. A Starbucks was completely destroyed, and several people were left trapped inside and had to be rescued. Many sheds and detached garages were destroyed as well, and a receipt from Kokomo was found 30 miles away in Marion. [2]
EF0 Indianapolis Marion IN 39°48′11″N 86°06′39″W / 39.8031°N 86.1108°W / 39.8031; -86.1108 (Indianapolis (Aug. 24, EF0)) 2018–2019 0.37 mi (0.60 km) 100 yd (91 m) $15,000 Tornado briefly touched down in the Brightwood neighborhood of Indianapolis, snapping numerous tree limbs and downing a large but rotten tree. A house had its windows blown out and pieces of its siding removed, while a large commercial building sustained minor roof damage. [3]
EF0 E of Van Buren Wells IN 40°36′37″N 85°25′30″W / 40.6103°N 85.4249°W / 40.6103; -85.4249 (Van Buren (Aug. 24, EF0)) 2059–2100 0.04 mi (0.064 km) 20 yd (18 m) $0 A brief tornado snapped tree branches, pulled metal siding from a pole barn, and dragged an unanchored wellhouse into a pond. [4]
EF3 NW of Woodburn to E of Harlan Allen IN 41°08′51″N 84°55′07″W / 41.1475°N 84.9187°W / 41.1475; -84.9187 (Woodburn (Aug. 24, EF3)) 2127–2139 5.16 mi (8.30 km) 500 yd (460 m) $0 High-end EF3 multiple-vortex wedge tornado damaged several houses, some heavily. One home was swept away with only the subflooring left behind, though the home was poorly anchored and trees in the immediate vicinity sustained only minimal damage. Corn and soybean fields were severely scoured along the path, and many large trees were snapped and uprooted, including a few that were denuded and debarked. Large, well-constructed barns were completely obliterated with debris scattered up to a mile away. Two combines from one of the barns were thrown and mangled, one of which was found 200 yards away. A dump truck from the same location was thrown and had its cab and engine ripped from the frame, while a nearby car was carried at least 585 yards into a field. A large, well-anchored barn was swept away at another location, with three vehicles stored inside being destroyed. Many other small outbuildings were damaged or destroyed as well. Surveyors noted that the extreme vehicle and machinery damage suggests possible EF4 intensity. [5]
EF1 ESE of Flora to NNE of Kokomo Carroll, Howard IN 40°31′41″N 86°25′51″W / 40.5280°N 86.4309°W / 40.5280; -86.4309 (Flora (Aug. 24, EF1)) 2140–2222 17.06 mi (27.46 km) 100 yd (91 m) $59,000 Several barns suffered partial wall and roof damage along the path, while a garage slid off its foundation. Trees and crops were damaged throughout the path, and wooden power poles were bent over. [6][7]
EF1 N of Berne Adams IN 40°41′00″N 85°01′29″W / 40.6832°N 85.0247°W / 40.6832; -85.0247 (Berne (Aug. 24, EF1)) 2149–2203 7.56 mi (12.17 km) 50 yd (46 m) $0 The tornado followed a skipping path, occasionally touching down in corn and bean fields. Several taller barn structures suffered partial roof loss with debris thrown several hundred yards. Large trees had broken limbs while smaller trees were knocked down or uprooted. [8]
EF2 NE of Antwerp to SE of Mark Center Paulding, Defiance OH 41°13′19″N 84°40′53″W / 41.2220°N 84.6813°W / 41.2220; -84.6813 (Antwerp (Aug. 24, EF2)) 2153–2204 4.42 mi (7.11 km) 250 yd (230 m) $0 Strong multiple-vortex tornado passed near the town of Cecil, causing extensive damage to farmsteads. Homes had their roofs torn off and were shifted off of their foundations, and the newer addition of one farm home was completely destroyed. Two mobile homes were blown off of their foundations. Vehicles, barns, garages, and outbuildings were destroyed, and many large trees were snapped and uprooted along the path as well. [9][10]
EF0 Peru Miami IN 40°46′26″N 86°04′47″W / 40.7740°N 86.0796°W / 40.7740; -86.0796 (Berne (Aug. 24, EF1)) 2213–2214 0.06 mi (0.097 km) 20 yd (18 m) $0 The tornado briefly touched down, damaging shingles at a medical center downing large tree limbs. [11]
EF2 N of Defiance Defiance OH 41°19′23″N 84°22′49″W / 41.3231°N 84.3803°W / 41.3231; -84.3803 (Defiance (Aug. 24, EF2)) 2228–2234 2.64 mi (4.25 km) 400 yd (370 m) $0 Trees and tree limbs were snapped, the roof was torn from a business, and power poles were snapped as well. A house sustained roof damage, a storage building collapsed, and barns and outbuildings were destroyed. [12]
EF1 W of Van Wert Van Wert OH 40°49′27″N 84°43′33″W / 40.8241°N 84.7257°W / 40.8241; -84.7257 (Van Wert (Aug. 24, EF1)) 2230–2241 5.45 mi (8.77 km) 75 yd (69 m) $0 The tornado skipped along its path. Trees were uprooted and snapped. One home suffered roof and siding damage while mud was thrown onto a nearby garage, which suffered minor damage. A large barn lost its roof. Small grave stones were moved. [13]
EF0 NW of Van Wert Van Wert OH 40°53′16″N 84°40′11″W / 40.8878°N 84.6698°W / 40.8878; -84.6698 (Van Wert (Aug. 24, EF0)) 2241–2245 1.47 mi (2.37 km) 25 yd (23 m) $0 A secondary spin-up tornado damaged corn and bean crops. [14]
EF1 W of Napoleon Henry OH 41°22′56″N 84°12′58″W / 41.3823°N 84.2161°W / 41.3823; -84.2161 (Napoleon (Aug. 24, EF1)) 2248–2254 2.8 mi (4.5 km) 150 yd (140 m) $0 A tornado with multiple touchdowns broke tree limbs and caused roof damage to several homes. A storage building was severely damaged, a barn was destroyed, and several silos were moved off their foundations. [15]
EF0 NE of Van Wert Van Wert OH 40°54′39″N 84°33′14″W / 40.9108°N 84.5538°W / 40.9108; -84.5538 (Van Wert (Aug. 24, EF0)) 2251–2304 4.65 mi (7.48 km) 40 yd (37 m) $0 The tornado mainly caused damage to corn and bean crops. The tornado lifted at one point near the middle of the path. [16]
EF0 Indian Heights Howard IN 40°26′01″N 86°07′18″W / 40.4335°N 86.1217°W / 40.4335; -86.1217 (Indian Heights (Aug. 24, EF0)) 2258–2300 0.67 mi (1.08 km) 75 yd (69 m) $10,000 Homes and trees were damaged. [17]
EF1 LaSalle Essex ON ~2300 250 m (270 yd) This tornado touched down over the Detroit River before moving ashore and striking LaSalle. Boats were tossed and damaged at a marina, and trees were toppled in town. Homes sustained damage to roofs, windows, and siding. [18][19]
EF1 S of Russiaville Howard IN 40°23′57″N 86°16′17″W / 40.3993°N 86.2714°W / 40.3993; -86.2714 (Russiaville (Aug. 24, EF1)) 2300–2302 1.5 mi (2.4 km) 50 yd (46 m) $25,000 One garage was damaged, and trees and crops were damaged throughout the path. [20]
EF0 NE of Van Wert Van Wert OH 40°57′37″N 84°26′37″W / 40.9602°N 84.4437°W / 40.9602; -84.4437 (Van Wert (Aug. 24, EF0)) 2304–2310 2.46 mi (3.96 km) 20 yd (18 m) $0 The tornado mainly caused damage to corn and bean crops. [21]
EF2 Windsor Essex ON ~2310 200 m (220 yd) This high-end EF2 tornado caused major damage to factories and industrial buildings along the E.C. Row Expressway. This included a metal frame warehouse structure that was flattened. Multiple vehicles were severely damaged, including several large cube vans that were dragged through a parking lot. Garbage dumpsters were thrown up to 120 yards away, power poles were snapped, and large amounts of sheet metal was wrapped around guard rails and power lines. Numerous trees were downed, and multiple homes sustained damage in residential areas, at least a dozen of which sustained significant structural damage. [22][23]
EF0 S of Kokomo Howard IN 40°24′14″N 86°09′22″W / 40.4038°N 86.1562°W / 40.4038; -86.1562 (Kokomo (Aug. 24, EF0)) 2316–2321 2.95 mi (4.75 km) 75 yd (69 m) $15,500 The tornado bent a road sign and caused damage to a billboard and trees. [24]
EF0 SE of Liberty Center Henry OH 41°26′03″N 83°57′06″W / 41.4342°N 83.9518°W / 41.4342; -83.9518 (Liberty Center (Aug. 24, EF0)) 2319–2320 0.01 mi (0.016 km) 20 yd (18 m) $0 A tornado briefly touched down in a field and damaged crops. [25]
EF0 Dupont Putnam OH 41°02′52″N 84°18′26″W / 41.0479°N 84.3071°W / 41.0479; -84.3071 (Dupont (Aug. 24, EF0)) 2326–2329 1.23 mi (1.98 km) 25 yd (23 m) $0 The tornado moved directly through Dupont, damaging trees, roofs, siding, and crops and lifted water from the Auglaize River. [26]
EF0 NE of Continental Putnam, Henry OH 41°10′04″N 84°10′53″W / 41.1678°N 84.1814°W / 41.1678; -84.1814 (Continental (Aug. 24, EF0)) 2348–2350 0.64 mi (1.03 km) 15 yd (14 m) $0 A very brief tornado caused little damage. [27]
EF0 SW of Pemberville Wood OH 41°21′33″N 83°31′29″W / 41.3591°N 83.5246°W / 41.3591; -83.5246 (Pemberville (Aug. 24, EF0)) 0106 0.04 mi (0.064 km) 20 yd (18 m) $35,000 The tornado touched down and immediately lifted. A storage building lost much of its sheet metal roof, with debris carried into nearby trees. [28]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ All dates are based on the local time zone where the tornado touched down; however, all times are in Coordinated Universal Time for consistency.
  2. ^ All damage totals are in 2016 USD unless otherwise stated.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Indiana Event Report: EF2 Tornado (Report). National Centers for Environmental Information. National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office in Indianapolis, Indiana. 2016. Retrieved December 22, 2016.
  2. ^ Indiana Event Report: EF3 Tornado (Report). National Centers for Environmental Information. National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office in Indianapolis, Indiana. 2016. Retrieved December 22, 2016.
  3. ^ Indiana Event Report: EF0 Tornado (Report). National Centers for Environmental Information. National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office in Indianapolis, Indiana. 2016. Retrieved December 22, 2016.
  4. ^ Indiana Event Report: EF0 Tornado (Report). National Centers for Environmental Information. National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office in Indianapolis, Indiana. 2016. Retrieved December 22, 2016.
  5. ^ Indiana Event Report: EF3 Tornado (Report). National Centers for Environmental Information. National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office in Indianapolis, Indiana. 2016. Retrieved December 22, 2016.
  6. ^ Indiana Event Report: EF1 Tornado (Report). National Centers for Environmental Information. National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office in Indianapolis, Indiana. 2016. Retrieved December 22, 2016.
  7. ^ Indiana Event Report: EF1 Tornado (Report). National Centers for Environmental Information. National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office in Indianapolis, Indiana. 2016. Retrieved December 22, 2016.
  8. ^ Indiana Event Report: EF1 Tornado (Report). National Centers for Environmental Information. National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office in Indianapolis, Indiana. 2016. Retrieved December 22, 2016.
  9. ^ Ohio Event Report: EF2 Tornado (Report). National Centers for Environmental Information. National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office in Northern Indiana. 2016. Retrieved December 22, 2016.
  10. ^ Ohio Event Report: EF2 Tornado (Report). National Centers for Environmental Information. National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office in Northern Indiana. 2016. Retrieved December 22, 2016.
  11. ^ Indiana Event Report: EF0 Tornado (Report). National Centers for Environmental Information. National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office in Northern Indiana. 2016. Retrieved December 22, 2016.
  12. ^ Indiana Event Report: EF2 Tornado (Report). National Centers for Environmental Information. National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office in Northern Indiana. 2016. Retrieved December 22, 2016.
  13. ^ Ohio Event Report: EF1 Tornado (Report). National Centers for Environmental Information. National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office in Northern Indiana. 2016. Retrieved December 22, 2016.
  14. ^ Ohio Event Report: EF1 Tornado (Report). National Centers for Environmental Information. National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office in Northern Indiana. 2016. Retrieved December 22, 2016.
  15. ^ Ohio Event Report: EF1 Tornado (Report). National Centers for Environmental Information. National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office in Northern Indiana. 2016. Retrieved December 22, 2016.
  16. ^ Ohio Event Report: EF0 Tornado (Report). National Centers for Environmental Information. National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office in Northern Indiana. 2016. Retrieved December 22, 2016.
  17. ^ Indiana Event Report: EF0 Tornado (Report). National Centers for Environmental Information. National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office in Indianapolis, Indiana. 2016. Retrieved December 22, 2016.
  18. ^ Flooding rains follow 2 confirmed twisters in southern Ont.
  19. ^ Tornadoes touch down in LaSalle, Ont. and Windsor
  20. ^ Indiana Event Report: EF1 Tornado (Report). National Centers for Environmental Information. National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office in Indianapolis, Indiana. 2016. Retrieved December 22, 2016.
  21. ^ Ohio Event Report: EF0 Tornado (Report). National Centers for Environmental Information. National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office in Northern Indiana. 2016. Retrieved December 22, 2016.
  22. ^ Flooding rains follow 2 confirmed twisters in southern Ont.
  23. ^ [1]
  24. ^ Indiana Event Report: EF0 Tornado (Report). National Centers for Environmental Information. National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office in Indianapolis, Indiana. 2016. Retrieved December 22, 2016.
  25. ^ Ohio Event Report: EF0 Tornado (Report). National Centers for Environmental Information. National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office in Northern Indiana. 2016. Retrieved December 22, 2016.
  26. ^ Ohio Event Report: EF0 Tornado (Report). National Centers for Environmental Information. National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office in Northern Indiana. 2016. Retrieved December 22, 2016.
  27. ^ Ohio Event Report: EF0 Tornado (Report). National Centers for Environmental Information. National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office in Northern Indiana. 2016. Retrieved December 22, 2016.
  28. ^ Ohio Event Report: EF0 Tornado (Report). National Centers for Environmental Information. National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office in Cleveland, Ohio. 2016. Retrieved December 22, 2016.