Tornado Count Up to 28; Homeland Security Want People to Report Damage

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – The National Weather Service has confirmed two more tornado touchdowns unleashed by last Sunday’s outbreak, boosting Indiana’s total for that day to at least 28 tornadoes.

Weather service meteorologist Mike Ryan says a survey crew confirmed Friday that two other tornadoes, both rated EF-1 on the enhanced Fujita scale, touched down in west-central Indiana.

Ryan says one of those tornadoes had maximum winds of 110 mph and cut a nearly 2-mile path through northern Montgomery County just east of New Richmond.

The same storm that produced that tornado also spawned a second one with top winds of about 100 mph which cut a 3-mile path across southeastern Tippecanoe County near the town of Stockwell.

Last Sunday’s storms produced Indiana’s third-largest tornado outbreak on record, although those results are still preliminary.

Speaking of tornadoes, state homeland security officials are urging Indiana residents to report storm damage from last week’s tornado outbreak as soon as they’re able.

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security needs damage reports from homeowners and local governments to determine whether or not the state will seek federal disaster aid.

At least 28 tornadoes touched down in Indiana on Nov. 17, making the outbreak the state’s third-largest on record.

Homeland Security spokesman John Erickson says the agency wants to make sure that people whose power was knocked out by the storms “have an opportunity to report their damage.”

A link for reporting storm damage is found on the agency’s website at