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April 22, 2011

Two tornadoes confirmed in county

14 twisters confirmed across state

LOGANSPORT — After investigating debris left behind during Tuesday’s storm, the National Weather Service confirmed two tornadoes in Cass County.

According to the Associated Press, the twisters were among 14 confirmed across the state in the latest round of severe weather.

Cass County Emergency Management Director Alvin Beckman said the tornadoes locally were short lived.

Mike Skipper, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said the twisters occurred a minute apart and followed a path about 25 yards longt.

Skipper said the first one likely touched down at 10:19 p.m. two miles northeast of Adamsboro. It produced winds of 65 to 70 mph and destroyed a barn.

“Debris was lifted and blown a half mile to the northwest,” he said.

The second tornado touched down a mile east of Twelve Mile at 10:20 p.m. Skipper said a TV antenna next to a house had been bent back and an outbuilding had been destroyed.

“A small outbuilding was lifted off of its foundation and roof removed and blown into a field,” Skipper said.

The meteorologist said the group that investigated the storm damage looked at the debris field to determine whether the damage was caused by a tornado or strong winds.

“You’ll see the twisting motion with tornadoes,” he said. “Debris will be going in different directions. With straight-line winds, the debris will be going in the same direction.”

Skipper noted that he wasn’t surprised that the twisters were so brief.

“The storm that produced these tornadoes was really moving,” he said.

According to an Associated Press report, the strongest of the twisters was an F2 tornado in Dubois County with wind speeds of up to 120 mph. It carved a 3-mile path southwest of Jasper Tuesday night.

Skipper said there were no storms of that intensity in the immediate forecast — only heavy rains. Over the next five to seven days, Cass County could see at least three inches of rain. Skipper said that could potentially cause flooding n the area, especially in places where the ground is already saturated.

• Lindsey Ziliak is a staff writer at the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5148 or


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