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UPDATE: Weather Service Confirms Tornado Near Sunman

Posted On October 11, 2017

By Mike Perleberg

The National Weather Service say a tornado damaged this barn in the Sunman area on Saturday, October 7. Photo courtesy of Donna L. Lake.

Update published at 4:37 p.m.:

The National Weather Service confirmed today that a tornado did indeed touch down in Sunman on Saturday.

The report shows a tornado touched down around 9:00 p.m. near the Ripley/Dearborn County line in the vicinity of North Dearborn Road.

The weather service from Wilmington says estimated maximum wind speeds reached 65 to 70 MPH.

The most significant structural damage was at a property on Kruse Lane in Dearborn County where a barn was damaged.

No injuries were reported.

 

Original story published at 6:53 a.m.:

(Sunman, Ind.) – Was it a tornado that did damage near Sunman this past weekend?

That’s what a National Weather Service storm survey team will look to determine Wednesday.

The weather service office from Wilmington, Ohio says a tornado may have touched down in an area south of Sunman this past Saturday, October 7. The belief is based on information received from residents, spotters, and emergency management officials.

“Based on the reports and radar data, it is believed that this damage may have been caused by a tornado. The National Weather Service ground survey will seek to confirm this and determine details regarding the magnitude and location of damage,” a notice from the NWS said.

A determination could be announced as soon as Wednesday.