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UPDATE on July 1st Storm Damage - Tornadoes Confirmed in Marshall County

by Amy Wenger & National Weather Service on July 2, 2014
 


    The National Weather Service bureau in North Webster has just released a revised storm survey report, as of 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 2, verifying that two tornadoes did touch down for a short period of time in Marshall County during the overnight severe weather outbreak that barreled through the region on Tuesday morning, July 1.

    The first twister was reported at 12:40 a.m. and stretched for approximately 1.3 miles, beginning its swath of damage two miles west-northwest of Plymouth, near the Lear Corporation buildings.  Multiple trees were broken off and a vacated semi-trailer was overturned before the tornado continued a brief path ending at the Behavior Science Building on North Oak Road at 12:41 a.m.  Structural damage and uprooted trees were noted there as well, and an interior cinder block wall was toppled at the city's Department of Transportation garage before the funnel returned airborne just south of U.S. 30.  The tornado was rated as an EF-0, with winds ranging from 65-85 miles per hour, and was estimated to be about 50 yards in width.

    The second tornado was also of a short duration, but proved more destructive.  It's point of origin was marked at the intersection of Lilac Road and Plymouth-Goshen Trail, two miles northeast of Plymouth, at 12:41 a.m.  A number of uprooted trees were found at this location, and a shed was completely flattened, before the tornado moved into a large population of trees and cut a distinct path through the grove before shifting a barn from its foundation.  The storm, labeled an EF-1 with winds in the 86-110 mile per hour range, then lifted at 12:42 a.m., just beyond the trees.  That tornado was also about 50 yards wide, with a damage path length of nearly one-third of a mile.
 

NOTICE FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE:

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORTHERN INDIANA
218 PM EDT WED JUL 2 2014 /118 PM CDT WED JUL 2 2014/

...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 7/01/14 SEVERE WEATHER EVENT - UPDATE 6...

.UPDATE...

TWO ADDITIONAL TORNADOES HAVE BEEN CONFIRMED NEAR PLYMOUTH INDIANA VIA NWS DAMAGE SURVEY COMPLETED TODAY. OTHER AREAS OF STRAIGHT LINE WIND DAMAGE...INCLUDING A MICROBURST NEAR PLYMOUTH...WERE ALSO SURVEYED IN MARSHALL COUNTY. DETAILS FOLLOW. 

.OVERVIEW...

A LINE OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS MOVED THROUGH THE REGION DURING THE OVERNIGHT/EARLY MORNING HOURS OF JUL 01 2014. NWS SURVEY CREWS WERE DISPATCHED TO ASSESS THE DAMAGE ACROSS PORTIONS OF THE AREA...INCLUDING LAPORTE..ST. JOSEPH...ELKHART...MARHSALL...AND LAGRANGE COUNTIES IN INDIANA. AS A RESULT OF THE SURVEYS...DAMAGE CONSISTENT WITH AN EF-1 TORNADO WAS FOUND NEAR AND IN THE TOWN OF LAGRANGE INDIANA. TWO TORNADOES...ONE EF-0 AND ONE EF-1 WERE CONFIRMRED IN MARSHALL COUNTY INDIANA...NEAR THE TOWN OF PLYMOUTH.   ALL OTHER SURVEYS CONDUCTED DETERMINED DAMAGE PRODUCED BY STRAIGHT LINE WINDS. THIS STATEMENT IS PRELIMINARY AND THIS STATEMENT WILL BE 
UPDATED WHEN MORE INFORMATION BECOMES AVAILABLE. 

.TORNADO #1 IN MARSHALL COUNTY...

RATING:                 EF-0
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    80 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  1.3 MILES
MILES PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/: EST. 50 YARDS 
FATALITIES: NONE
INJURIES: NONE

START DATE:                    JUL 01 2014 
TIME:                                  EST. 1240 AM EDT
START LOCATION:          2 MI WNW OF PLYMOUTH, IN 
START LAT/LON:              41.3578 / -86.3381 

END DATE:                       JUL 01 2014
END TIME:                        EST. 1241 AM EDT
END LOCATION:             1 MI N OF PLYMOUTH, IN 
END LAT/LON:                  41.361 / -86.3138

SURVEY SUMMARY: AN EF-0 TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN JUST SOUTH OF THE LEAR CORPORATION 2 MILES WNW OF PLYMOUTH AROUND 1240 AM EDT WHERE MULTIPLE TREES WERE SNAPPED AND TOPPED. AN EMPTY SEMI TRAILER WAS FLIPPED. THE TORNADO CONTINUED NE WITH WIDESPREAD MIXED HARDWOOD/SOFTWOOD TREE DAMAGE AND MINOR STRUCTURAL DAMAGE TO THE BEHAVIOR SCIENCE BUILDING ON N OAK ROAD. THE TORNADO CAUSED PARTIAL UPLIFT OF THE NW SIDE OF THE ROOF AND COLLAPSED THE INTERIOR CINDER 
BLOCK WALL ON THE EAST SIDE OF THE DEPT OF TRANSPORTATION GARAGE JUST SOUTH OF US 30 BEFORE LIFTING. 

.TORNADO #2 IN MARSHALL COUNTY...

RATING:                 EF-1
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    95 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  APPROX 0.2 MILES
MILES PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/: EST. 50 YARDS 
FATALITIES: NONE
INJURIES: NONE

START DATE:                     JUL 01 2014 
TIME:                                    EST. 1241 AM EDT
START LOCATION:           2 MI NE OF PLYMOUTH, IN 
START LAT/LON:               41.361 / -86.2893 

END DATE:                         JUL 01 2014
END TIME:                          EST. 1242 AM EDT
END LOCATION:               2.2 MI N OF PLYMOUTH, IN 
END LAT/LON:                   41.3629 / -86.2875

SURVEY SUMMARY: A BRIEF EF-1 TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF LILAC ROAD AND PLYMOUTH GOSHEN TRAIL JUST NE OF PLYMOUTH AROUND 1241 AM EDT. HARDWOOD TREE DAMAGE WAS NOTED IN THIS LOCATION WITH SEVERAL UPROOTED TREES AND A SHED WAS FLATTENED. AS THE CIRCULATION MOVED NE IT SHIFTED A BARN OFF ITS FOUNDATION AND CAUSED WIDESPREAD SEVERE TREE DAMAGE IN A GROVE OF TREES BEFORE LIFTING IN A FIELD ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE TREE GROVE. 

EF SCALE: THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE CLASSIFIES TORNADOES INTO THE 
FOLLOWING CATEGORIES.

EF0...WEAK......65 TO 85 MPH
EF1...WEAK......86 TO 110 MPH
EF2...STRONG....111 TO 135 MPH
EF3...STRONG....136 TO 165 MPH
EF4...VIOLENT...166 TO 200 MPH
EF5...VIOLENT...>200 MPH

.MARSHALL COUNTY SURVEY...

IN ADDITION TO THE PLYMOUTH TORNADOES...AN INTENSE MICROBURST WAS FOUND TO THE SOUTH OF THESE TORNADO PATHS WITH MAX WIND SPEEDS ESTIMATED AT 80 TO 85 MPH. WIDESPREAD TREE DAMAGE WAS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS ON THE NORTH SIDE OF PLYMOUTH JUST SOUTH OF US 30.

ADDITIONAL WIND DAMAGE WAS SURVEYED SOUTHEAST OF THE TOWN OF BREMEN NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF 7TH ROAD AND STATE ROAD 331. NUMEROUS WHITE PINE TREES WERE UPROOTED WITH SEVERAL COTTONWOOD TREES SNAPPED. A HOUSE ALSO SUSTAINED SIDING DAMAGE. JUST TO THE NORTHEAST OF THIS LOCATION A 250 YARD SWATH OF CORN WAS FLATTENED.

    

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