TWO South Bend Tornadoes, including an EF-2

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The picture above is from this video from Tom Shaw. This is the stronger of the two South Bend Tornadoes that occurred before sunset Sunday evening. Here’s a map of the area. The tornadoes occurred SE of S. Bend and SW of Mishawaka. There was damage at the St. Joseph Co. (IN) fairground, severe damage to the Growing Kids Leaning Center. The stronger tornado crossed US 20 (the bypass that connects to US 31) and continued into the Irish Hills neighborhood. The tornado moved from south to north. There were no serious injuries or fatalities. The stronger tornado has been rated EF2 with winds up to 125 mph.

Storm survey down this Monday morning by the N. Indiana NWS

Above is the tornado reports. Check out the video from Ireland and Ironwood across the the CVSRadar of the tornado. Damage to the Growing Kids Learning Center. Another view of the Learning Center. You can see flashes in this video where the tornado was crossing power lines. Meteorological analysis from Dr. Reed Timmer. Another view of the tornado. Siren going off in S. Bend with tornado in background.

Here’s the summary of the second smaller tornado:

Summary of the 2nd South Bend Area Tornado

This was a small “rope” tornado…only 10 yards wide (the width you have to go to get a first down in football. Nice to see that the dog that got picked up by the twister was not injured.

And…check out the spiked hail! There was a 111 mph wind gust in Derby KS (sustained wind of 76 mph!)

Also: Flashback: Tornado vs. train…tornado wins (this was Jan. 7, 2008 northwest of Chicago…this I believe was an EF2…there was an EF3 across the border in WI. The high tht day was 64 in Kenosha WI.

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