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EF-0 tornado confirmed in Corydon

EF-0 tornado confirmed in Corydon
EF-0 tornado confirmed in Corydon
Glenna Windell and Frank Fey Jr. look at a tree last Wednesday afternoon that was uprooted at Fey’s mother’s property near downtown Corydon. Photo by Jo Ann Spieth-Saylor (click for larger version)

As was anticipated, a line of severe storms snaking its way from northern Indiana to central Texas raced across the eastern part of the country last Tuesday night, causing at least 13 confirmed tornadoes in Indiana.
Harrison and Crawford counties both received straight-line winds from 65 to 70 mph, while Harrison County was also determined to have had been struck by an EF-0 tornado, resulting in winds of about 65 mph. The squall line came through at about midnight.
According to the National Weather Service office in Louisville, which sent a survey team to the location of the tornado in Corydon, the tornado was on the ground less than a minute and had a track of about 3/10 of a mile and was about 50 yards wide. Numerous hardwood and softwood trees were snapped and uprooted along the northern bank of Big Indian Creek in the area of the damage.
‘I can’t believe how (the storm) took that thing out of the ground,’ Joe Fey said last Wednesday afternoon of a large tree that was uprooted and barely missed hitting the south side of the house where his mother, Alice (Fofie) Fey, lives at the corner of Corydon-Ramsey Road and S.R. 337.
Another tree, on the north side of the house, also was damaged, while the house was mostly spared (the exception was a portion of gutter and downspout). Several other trees in the vicinity were wiped out during the storm.
Fey, who was at the house with his mother when the stormed passed through, said he did not hear the tree, which he guessed to be at least 20 years old, crash to the ground.
John Kintner, who lives along West Walnut Street in downtown Corydon, was surprised Wednesday morning when he saw a large tree down behind his business, John D’s. He also said he did not hear the tree fall.
The water maple barely missed landing on a van parked in the lot.
Ryan Capito, with The Brickman Group in Louisville, was hired by Chase Bank, which owns the property, to cut away the tree. However, Capito said last Wednesday after cutting some of the branches away, that it was too large for him to do by himself. He said a chipper crew would have to take care of it.
In addition to damaging trees, straight line winds caused shingles, siding or eaves to be blown off numerous houses in several locations in Harrison County. According to the NWS, sheet metal was blown off a barn as well. The sporadic damage path was about 11.2 miles and mostly located along S.R. 62.
Other NWS-confirmed twisters in Indiana included Jeffersonville (EF-1, EF-0) and Jasper (EF-0 to EF-2). Straight-line winds caused considerable damage east of downtown New Albany, where the roof of a car wash was blown down, large trees fell on houses and cars and a gas line was severed. Winds in the New Albany area were estimated to be between 60 and 65 mph.
Hoosiers who sustained damage caused by severe weather, including tornadoes, wind and flooding beginning Monday, April 18, and ongoing, are urged to report damage online through the Indiana Department of Homeland Security website atwww.in.gov/dhs. In the middle of the page, under ‘Topics of the Day,’ click on ‘Damage Assessment Questionnaire ‘ Report damage from April 18, 2011 wind and flooding.’
‘Individuals with uninsured damage from the severe weather must report quickly,’ Joe Wainscott, IDHS executive director, said. ‘The faster we can assess the situation, the better, especially if the determination is to pursue federal assistance.’
Individuals will be asked to provide their name, address, phone number, damage to property and type of damage the property sustained. Losses can include structural damage to homes and loss of personal property.
The report is not an application for any assistance program nor is it an application for a grant with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Information will be used to help local emergency management agencies and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security preliminarily assess damage to determine if federal assistance can be pursued.
Individuals without Internet access are encouraged to contact a friend, family member or neighbor for assistance. Web access is also available at many libraries, religious institutions, community centers or other public facilities. If none of those options are available, individuals may also contact their county emergency management agency to report damage. In Harrison County, contact Greg Reas at 738-8949; in Crawford County, contact Kent Barrow, the EMA director there, at 1-812-338-4340.
Information for this story also was gathered by Editor Jo Ann Spieth-Saylor.

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