National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce
October 7, 2017
Tornado near Sunman, IN


Public Information Statement - UPDATED
National Weather Service Wilmington OH
0747 AM EDT Thu Oct 12 2017


Location...Near Sunman in Ripley and Dearborn counties in Indiana
Date...October 7 2017
Estimated Start Time...905 PM EDT
Estimated End Time...909 PM EDT
Maximum EF-Scale Rating...EF0
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...65-70 MPH
Maximum Path Width...100 Yards
Path Length...2.8 Miles
Beginning Lat/Lon...39.2261 N / 85.1080 W
Ending lat/Lon...39.2383 N / 85.0570 W
* Fatalities...0
* Injuries...0

* The information in this statement is preliminary and subject to
change pending final review of the event(s) and publication in
NWS Storm Data.

The National Weather Service in Wilmington OH has confirmed a
tornado near Sunman in Ripley and Dearborn counties in Indiana on
October 7 2017.

The first evidence of damage and therefore the determined start of
the tornado touch down was just west of the westernmost end of
Industrial Drive southwest of Sunman. Two trees were snapped
approximately halfway up the trunks. Further east, at a property at
the western end of Industrial Drive, an anchored mobile home was
pushed approximately 3 to 4 feet off its foundation (up against a
back porch). No visible damage was observed to the siding or roof of
the mobile home. At the same property, two large sheet metal doors
were blown off a barn. No other visible damage was observed to barn

Further to the east-northeast, a large tree was downed, along with
other miscellaneous limbs near the cul-de-sac of Brick Yard Drive.
The large tree that was downed fell partially through the roof of an
unoccupied home. Other limbs of various sizes were downed on the
property and nearby properties. A very small portion of siding was
partially removed at an adjacent property. On the eastern end of
Brick Yard Drive (approximately 100 feet west of Meridian Street), a
large pine tree was snapped in half. A small tree limb was also
downed just on the western side of Meridian street north of Brick
Yard Drive.

On the east side of Meridian street, just north of Edgewood Lane, a
property sustained fairly extensive tree damage, including numerous
large limbs downed. The tree damage caused the partial collapse of a
garage/barn shelter roof. No visible damage was observed to the home
on the property.

Additional minor tree damage was observed on Edgewood Lane (small
limbs downed). No evidence of any damage was observed from the
easternmost portion of Edgewood Lane eastward through the remainder
of Ripley County until near the Ripley/Dearborn County line
demarcated by North County Line Road. Just on the western side of
County Line Road (and therefore still in Ripley County), a tree limb
was downed and a tractor trailer was partially tipped over (leaning
against a tree). On the eastern side of County Line Road in the same
vicinity (but in Dearborn County), in a wooded area about half of a
dozen trees were sheared off approximately halfway up.

Further northeast, extensive damage occurred to a barn on Kruse
Lane. Although a few walls remained standing, the roof was partially
removed and carried downwind. Power poles on the property were blown
over. The garage of the house was partially blown inward. No visible
damage was observed to the home itself.

Although no tree damage was observed to the immediate east of the
property on Kruse Lane, several large limbs were downed
approximately 500 feet north of the intersection of North Dearborn
Rd. and Fackler Rd on Fackler Rd. No other damage was observed at
any point east and northeast of this location. Therefore, this is
the presumed end of the track.

This information can also be found on our website at

For reference: the Enhanced Fujita Scale classifies tornadoes
into the following categories:

EF0...wind speeds 65 to 85 mph.
EF1...wind speeds 86 to 110 mph.
EF2...wind speeds 111 to 135 mph.
EF3...wind speeds 136 to 165 mph.
EF4...wind speeds 166 to 200 mph.
EF5...wind speeds greater than 200 mph.








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