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The chance of earthquake damage in Otwell is higher than Indiana average and is lower than the national average. The risk of tornado damage in Otwell is lower than Indiana average and is much higher than the national average.

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Earthquake Index, #27

Otwell, IN
0.46
Indiana
0.12
U.S.
1.81

The earthquake index value is calculated based on historical earthquake events data using USA.com algorithms. It is an indicator of the earthquake level in a region. A higher earthquake index value means a higher chance of an earthquake.

Volcano Index, #1

Otwell, IN
0.0000
Indiana
0.0000
U.S.
0.0023

The volcano index value is calculated based on the currently known volcanoes using USA.com algorithms. It is an indicator of the possibility of a region being affected by a possible volcano eruption. A higher volcano index value means a higher chance of being affected.

Tornado Index, #537

Otwell, IN
235.09
Indiana
265.56
U.S.
136.45

The tornado index value is calculated based on historical tornado events data using USA.com algorithms. It is an indicator of the tornado level in a region. A higher tornado index value means a higher chance of tornado events.

Other Weather Extremes Events

A total of 3,753 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Otwell, IN were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

TypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCount
Avalanche:0Blizzard:2Cold:7Dense Fog:1Drought:1
Dust Storm:0Flood:891Hail:851Heat:3Heavy Snow:29
High Surf:0Hurricane:0Ice Storm:8Landslide:0Strong Wind:19
Thunderstorm Winds:1,706Tropical Storm:0Wildfire:0Winter Storm:33Winter Weather:1
Other:201 

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Otwell, IN.

Historical Earthquake Events

No historical earthquake events that had recorded magnitudes of 3.5 or above found in or near Otwell, IN.

No historical earthquake events found in or near Otwell, IN.

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 90 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Otwell, IN.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
0.32006-05-25238°28'N / 87°07'W38°27'N / 87°05'W2.20 Miles200 Yards001.0M0Pike
 Brief Description: About five homes were destroyed. Roughly 15 other homes received major damage, primarily to roofs. Some roofs were removed. Two businesses sustained major roof damage. One mobile home was overturned and blown into a neighboring mobile home, causing extensive damage to it. Individuals were trapped in one home, but no injuries were reported. One travel trailer and one tractor trailer were overturned. Numerous trees and power lines were downed, blocking roads into the community. The damage path began just west of the intersection of Highway 356 and County Road 900E. The damage path extended east-southeast, ending just northwest of County Road 250N where it intersects the Dubois County line. Peak winds were estimated near 120 MPH.
2.91998-04-15238°29'N / 87°09'W38°30'N / 87°06'W4.00 Miles50 Yards00500K0Pike
 Brief Description: The tornado destroyed two large barns and five or six smaller outbuildings. Significant damage occurred to two farm houses. Several trees and power poles were snapped off. Some two-by-fours and a large saw blade were embedded in homes.
6.91990-06-02438°32'N / 87°11'W38°34'N / 86°55'W13.50 Miles200 Yards062.5M0Daviess
8.11990-06-02438°31'N / 87°15'W38°32'N / 87°11'W4.40 Miles200 Yards002.5M0Pike
9.01971-05-06238°38'N / 87°15'W38°29'N / 86°44'W29.70 Miles50 Yards00250K0Daviess
9.61999-05-05238°24'N / 87°17'W38°26'N / 87°15'W3.00 Miles200 Yards00100K0Pike
 Brief Description: The tornado destroyed a mobile home and damaged about a dozen houses. Top winds were estimated near 130 MPH. There was extensive tree damage.
10.11990-06-02438°31'N / 87°17'W38°31'N / 87°15'W3.00 Miles200 Yards002.5M0Knox
11.41999-05-05238°21'N / 87°16'W38°22'N / 87°16'W1.30 Miles150 Yards0015K0Pike
 Brief Description: A tornado with estimated top winds of 130 MPH produced a damage path about a mile long. Since the track was through rural areas, the only structural damage was to a garage. Many trees were down.
11.51996-04-19238°20'N / 87°15'W38°21'N / 87°15'W0.80 Mile100 Yards00200K0Pike
 Brief Description: Numerous trees were uprooted or snapped off. The roof was lifted off one house, which was destroyed. Ten other houses received minor to moderate wind damage. Between 10 and 15 barns and small sheds were demolished.
13.31990-06-02438°28'N / 87°26'W38°29'N / 87°15'W11.00 Miles200 Yards66025.0M0Pike
14.51990-06-02438°29'N / 87°26'W38°31'N / 87°17'W9.00 Miles200 Yards002.5M0Pike
14.71963-03-19238°24'N / 86°50'W00250K0Dubois
14.91969-08-09238°40'N / 87°02'W0025K0Daviess
15.01986-05-15238°40'N / 87°10'W0.20 Mile10 Yards0025K0Daviess
15.91990-06-02338°39'N / 87°03'W38°41'N / 86°54'W6.50 Miles200 Yards00250K0Daviess
16.11967-10-24338°29'N / 86°48'W0125K0Dubois
16.92002-09-20238°33'N / 87°26'W38°40'N / 87°15'W11.50 Miles150 Yards021.0M20KKnox
 Brief Description: A tornado formed along a squall line in Pike county then moved across Knox and into Daviess counties. A few homes were destroyed in Knox county and several were damaged. A conservation officer in his vehicle was thrown an eighth of a mile by the tornado.
17.92002-09-20238°40'N / 87°14'W38°43'N / 87°14'W1.10 Miles150 Yards0025K10KDaviess
 Brief Description: A tornado formed along a squall line in Pike county then moved across Knox and into Daviess counties. A few homes were destroyed in Knox county and several were damaged. A conservation officer in his vehicle was thrown an eighth of a mile by the tornado.
18.91990-06-02338°41'N / 86°54'W38°41'N / 86°54'W0.50 Mile200 Yards00250K0Martin
19.52005-11-15338°41'N / 87°08'W38°47'N / 86°55'W10.00 Miles440 Yards03111.6M0Daviess
 Brief Description: An F3 tornado touched down near Washington, Indiana on the afternoon of 15 November 2005, and proceeded northeast for 12 miles, lifting at Crane Naval Base in Martin County. The tornado was up to 1/4 mile wide at times. The worst damage occurred 4 miles northeast of Montgomery. K&K Industries sits at that site. Abe Knepp, the owner, is also a chaplain for Daviess County Emergency Management, and was monitoring law enforcement radio traffic while at work. His decision to send his 120 employees home early likely saved several lives, as the plant was destroyed by the tornado 30 minutes after it was cleared. 123 homes and 20 businesses sustained damage in Daviess County. Despite the amount of damage, only one of the 31 reported injuries was considered serious. An area of severe thunderstorms moved through central Indiana on the afternoon and evening of 15 November 2005, fueled by abnormally warm conditions which had been the rule across the region for the first half of the month. One strongly rotating supercell produced three tornadoes, two of them rated strong F3, over southern portions of central Indiana. Additional severe weather occurred with other supercells and squall line storms across central Indiana. Thanks to early warnings and heightened awareness of the severe weather threat, no one was killed by the tornadoes, and only one serious injury was reported.
19.61990-06-02438°28'N / 87°29'W38°28'N / 87°26'W2.00 Miles200 Yards0025.0M0Gibson
19.81990-06-02438°34'N / 86°55'W38°41'N / 86°41'W14.30 Miles200 Yards042.5M0Martin
20.41954-04-06238°14'N / 86°51'W38°16'N / 86°48'W3.30 Miles33 Yards0025K0Dubois
20.91971-05-06238°42'N / 87°30'W38°38'N / 87°15'W14.10 Miles50 Yards01250K0Knox
22.31974-05-30238°40'N / 86°47'W2.00 Miles50 Yards0025K0Martin
22.31990-06-02438°27'N / 87°35'W38°29'N / 87°26'W7.50 Miles200 Yards012.5M0Gibson
22.81962-04-30238°52'N / 87°27'W38°40'N / 87°02'W26.20 Miles33 Yards00250K0Knox
23.11967-12-11238°31'N / 87°31'W0025K0Knox
24.41956-02-25238°47'N / 87°15'W38°50'N / 87°00'W13.80 Miles900 Yards0025K0Daviess
25.01956-02-25238°46'N / 87°23'W38°47'N / 87°15'W7.20 Miles900 Yards0125K0Knox
26.42009-05-14238°12'N / 87°34'W38°13'N / 87°22'W10.00 Miles125 Yards00300K0KGibson
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: Maximum winds were estimated near 120 mph at the beginning of the damage path. The most significant damage occurred on a farm on the north side of the Haubstadt Raceway. A 50-foot grain bin was moved off its foundation and destroyed, several large machinery buildings sustained partial losses of roofs and walls, and a race car frame on blocks was moved about 100 feet. Damage intensity decreased eastward along the path. Elsewhere along the path, a barn lost its roof, and several homes received roof damage. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A line of severe thunderstorms moved slowly southeast through the early morning hours. These storms moved through a very moist and unstable atmosphere. A small-scale bow echo produced a significant tornado.
26.91959-02-10338°45'N / 87°24'W38°48'N / 87°22'W3.30 Miles100 Yards0025K0Knox
27.31989-01-07438°35'N / 87°42'W38°37'N / 87°26'W12.00 Miles100 Yards05250K0Knox
27.31963-04-19238°37'N / 87°38'W38°37'N / 87°29'W7.90 Miles250 Yards0122.5M0Knox
27.71990-06-02438°41'N / 86°41'W38°40'N / 86°39'W2.00 Miles200 Yards002.5M0Orange
28.31963-03-16238°03'N / 87°10'W1.00 Mile100 Yards0025K0Warrick
29.21990-06-02438°40'N / 86°39'W38°41'N / 86°37'W1.30 Miles200 Yards002.5M0Lawrence
30.01990-06-02438°26'N / 87°43'W38°27'N / 87°35'W8.00 Miles200 Yards002.5M0Knox
30.21979-04-11238°02'N / 87°20'W38°04'N / 87°16'W4.10 Miles33 Yards1225K0Warrick
30.81989-04-03338°15'N / 87°38'W38°15'N / 87°34'W3.10 Miles100 Yards0825.0M0Gibson
30.81971-05-06238°38'N / 87°42'W38°42'N / 87°30'W11.50 Miles50 Yards0025K0Lawrence
31.32005-11-06337°57'N / 87°28'W38°06'N / 87°05'W21.00 Miles500 Yards43065.0M0Warrick
 Brief Description: This tornado, which crossed into Warrick County from Vanderburgh County just south of Interstate 164 (at Angel Mounds), crossed the entire county in less than 20 minutes. The tornado reached its peak intensity in Warrick County, where winds reached about 200 MPH. The peak winds occurred along Highway 261 and Lincoln Road, in an industrial park near Paradise, and in DeGonia Springs. As the tornado passed south of Boonville, the county seat of Warrick County, a teenage girl was killed in a vehicle. In the community of DeGonia Springs, three persons in a mobile home were killed. One of the victims was a woman who was 8-months pregnant. From the north side of Newburgh to DeGonia Springs, houses were severely damaged or destroyed, and vehicles were tossed. Some of the tornado victims were moved 40 feet or more. The tornado passed just to the south of Tennyson before exiting into Spencer County. M33MH, F28MH, M4MH, F18VE This was the deadliest tornado in Indiana since April 3, 1974. This tornado tracked a total of 41 miles from Henderson County, KY into Spencer County, IN. A total of at least 500 homes and buildings were destroyed or severely damaged. Much of the damage was upper F-2 to lower F-3 intensity. Although the tornado was up to 500 yards wide, the average path width was 275 yards. Of the approximately 230 injuries, 20 were critical, and 63 resulted in hospital admissions. This tornado was the more northern tornado of a pair of strong supercell tornadoes that occurred simultaneously. The southern tornado occurred in Crittenden and Webster Counties of Kentucky.
31.41963-04-19238°34'N / 87°40'W38°37'N / 87°38'W3.30 Miles250 Yards010250K0Lawrence
33.41963-04-19238°33'N / 87°44'W38°34'N / 87°40'W3.60 Miles250 Yards00250K0Wabash
33.91974-04-03538°04'N / 86°45'W38°12'N / 86°30'W16.30 Miles33 Yards26250.0M0Perry
34.01990-06-02238°50'N / 87°31'W38°52'N / 87°26'W4.00 Miles50 Yards0025K0Knox
34.11979-04-11238°00'N / 87°26'W38°02'N / 87°20'W5.90 Miles33 Yards000K0Vanderburgh
34.61954-08-01238°33'N / 86°28'W003K0Orange
35.31989-01-07438°29'N / 87°47'W38°35'N / 87°42'W7.00 Miles200 Yards05025.0M0Wabash
35.31957-05-21237°58'N / 87°17'W0225K0Warrick
35.71990-06-02238°46'N / 87°40'W38°50'N / 87°31'W1.00 Mile50 Yards01250K0Lawrence
36.51956-04-03238°44'N / 87°41'W38°46'N / 87°38'W3.30 Miles33 Yards0025K0Lawrence
37.41959-02-10238°44'N / 86°30'W00250K0Lawrence
38.21974-04-01338°43'N / 87°44'W38°45'N / 87°41'W3.30 Miles200 Yards0025K0Lawrence
38.42009-03-08338°51'N / 86°36'W38°51'N / 86°35'W1.00 Mile1408 Yards01420K0KLawrence
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: This brief but powerful tornado had a steady track to the east-northeast, creating damage consistent of an EF3 strength tornado. A rating of EF3 corresponds with winds of 136 to 165 MPH. The maximum width of the tornado was approximately 1/8 mile. It completely destroyed the above ground portions of two homes, seriously damaged a trailer home, and created lesser damage to two other homes. It picked a full size school bus up, turned it around and onto its side, and moved it uphill onto the foundation of what had been an occupied home. The damage estimate is very rough. EPISODE NARRATIVE: By late morning a warm front stretched approximately from low pressure over northeast Missouri through central Illinois to between Indianapolis and Fort Wayne, Indiana while the cold front trailed from the low into Oklahoma. At 1040 EST tornado watch number 49 was issued for much of western Indiana, much of Illinois, and locations south, effective until 1600 EST. National Weather Service radar showed scattered storms in the watch area in Indiana, better organized storms firing up over eastern Iowa and western Illinois, and an area of rain north of the warm front. At 1400 EST radar showed a broken line of storms with isolated supercells and line segments extending from northern Indiana south-southwestward through southern Indiana into western Kentucky with an eastward movement at 40-45 knots along central and northern portions of the line. The thermodynamic environment was marginally unstable but becoming more unstable with time. Supporting factors for severe weather were: large-scale atmospheric ascent, forcing associated with an ejecting short wave trough, significant shear, and increasing sunshine along and behind the warm front as it lifted north. At 1343 EST the first severe weather report occurred with a measured thunderstorm wind gust of 91 MPH in Vincennes in Knox county. An additional tornado watch, watch number 50, was issued at 1355 EST to cover the rest of Indiana east of watch number 49. At this point 90+ knot mid-level winds and 55+ knot 850 millibar winds were across the region. Portions of the watches were canceled starting shortly before 1600 EST. By the end of the severe weather episode an EF3 tornado had touched down in Lawrence County just west of Bedford. Portions of Daviess county experienced wind gusts of 80 to 90 MPH, while Tippecanoe, Clinton and Howard Counties had gusts from 60 to 70 mph. Significant damage occurred to several homes and farms in Lawrence County.
39.11996-04-19237°55'N / 87°20'W37°55'N / 87°18'W2.00 Miles100 Yards00500K0Warrick
 Brief Description: The damage path was from the Ohio River east across a major manufacturing plant. The tornado tracked just south of State Route 66 and immediately north of the Ohio River. About $250,000 damage occurred to one building at the plant. Five railroad box cars were overturned, 2 metal culverts were lifted and moved 25 feet, and several other buildings at the plant were damaged. Two mobile homes were destroyed.
39.31970-11-19337°57'N / 86°46'W2.00 Miles100 Yards0225K0Perry
40.21952-12-09337°56'N / 86°46'W37°57'N / 86°44'W1.30 Miles33 Yards00250K0Perry
40.62008-01-29238°12'N / 87°48'W38°13'N / 87°45'W3.00 Miles100 Yards0050K0KGibson
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: The tornado entered southern Gibson County from northern Posey County. Damage consisted mostly of downed trees and a few damaged barns and sheds. Peak winds were estimated near 120 mph. The average path width was about 80 yards. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A powerful cold front moved rapidly southeast across southwest Indiana during the late afternoon hours. An organized line of severe thunderstorms developed along the front as it approached southern Illinois, then swept east across southwest Indiana. Widespread damaging winds accompanied the line of storms. Temperatures fell about 30 degrees in less than one hour when the very strong cold front passed through.
40.71974-04-03538°12'N / 86°30'W38°18'N / 86°17'W13.60 Miles33 Yards010K0Crawford
40.91986-05-15237°59'N / 87°33'W0.20 Mile10 Yards00250K0Vanderburgh
40.91990-06-02438°23'N / 87°59'W38°26'N / 87°43'W13.30 Miles300 Yards002.5M0Wabash
41.01952-12-09337°52'N / 86°54'W37°56'N / 86°46'W8.50 Miles880 Yards000K0Hancock
41.31955-11-15337°58'N / 87°32'W2.00 Miles50 Yards09250K0Vanderburgh
41.52005-11-06337°57'N / 87°33'W37°57'N / 87°28'W5.00 Miles400 Yards2020015.0M0Vanderburgh
 Brief Description: The tornado crossed into Vanderburgh County from Henderson County, KY a second time near Ellis Park, a horse-racing facility off U.S. Highway 41. The tornado moved rapidly east-northeast at close to 60 MPH, staying a mile or less south of Interstate 164 and the southern city limit of Evansville. Twenty people perished at a large mobile home park on the south side of the interstate. Of about 350 mobile homes in the park, 100 were destroyed and another 125 were damaged. Many of the destroyed homes were obliterated. The coroner reported that most of the victims were probably killed instantly, many by spine and skull fractures. Several bodies were carried almost two hundred yards. Several of the fatally injured persons were found in a nearby retention pond that was drained to find victims. An 8-year-old child was found alive in a ditch after being trapped under debris for about 12 hours. One person, who was thrown 150 feet, died of complications from tornado injuries on December 17. The tornado exited into Warrick County at the Angel Mounds State Historic Site, just south of Interstate 164. M5MH, M25MH, F56MH, M59MH, F6MH, M26MH, F46MH, F31MH, M28MH, F60MH, M2MH, F61MH, F46MH, M38MH, M54MH, F78MH, M64MH, F67MH, F28MH, F45MH This was the deadliest tornado in Indiana since April 3, 1974. This tornado tracked a total of 41 miles from Henderson County, KY into Spencer County, IN. A total of at least 500 homes and buildings were destroyed or severely damaged. Much of the damage was upper F-2 to lower F-3 intensity. Although the tornado was up to 500 yards wide, the average path width was 275 yards. Of the approximately 230 injuries, 20 were critical, and 63 resulted in hospital admissions. This tornado was the more northern tornado of a pair of strong supercell tornadoes that occurred simultaneously. The southern tornado occurred in Crittenden and Webster Counties of Kentucky.
42.11955-03-01238°50'N / 86°29'W1.50 Miles300 Yards0025K0Lawrence
42.21990-06-02238°15'N / 86°26'W38°14'N / 86°18'W8.00 Miles100 Yards09250K0Crawford
43.11956-02-25238°45'N / 87°55'W38°48'N / 87°39'W14.60 Miles450 Yards022.5M0Lawrence
43.51990-06-02438°47'N / 86°32'W38°54'N / 86°23'W11.00 Miles400 Yards1512.5M0Lawrence
43.51963-04-29339°02'N / 87°28'W39°07'N / 87°02'W23.90 Miles50 Yards00250K0Sullivan
43.51990-06-02239°03'N / 87°07'W39°07'N / 86°54'W10.00 Miles50 Yards002.5M0Greene
43.92008-01-29238°11'N / 87°52'W38°12'N / 87°48'W4.00 Miles100 Yards20200K0KPosey
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A mobile home was destroyed. Two occupants of the mobile home were killed. Numerous trees were uprooted. One barn was destroyed, along with some small sheds. Four barns, three houses, and one church were damaged. The damage was mostly to roofs. Peak winds were estimated near 120 mph. The average path width was estimated to be 80 yards. The tornado continued into extreme southern Gibson County. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A powerful cold front moved rapidly southeast across southwest Indiana during the late afternoon hours. An organized line of severe thunderstorms developed along the front as it approached southern Illinois, then swept east across southwest Indiana. Widespread damaging winds accompanied the line of storms. Temperatures fell about 30 degrees in less than one hour when the very strong cold front passed through.
44.11982-05-31237°48'N / 87°19'W37°52'N / 87°14'W4.00 Miles33 Yards002.5M0Daviess
44.51963-04-19338°16'N / 86°36'W38°59'N / 86°00'W59.10 Miles1400 Yards00250K0Lawrence
44.92002-09-20238°06'N / 87°50'W38°09'N / 87°47'W4.70 Miles150 Yards01500K0Posey
 Brief Description: The tornado destroyed 10 mobile homes and four buildings. The greatest concentration of damage was on Highway 165 about 2 miles south of Poseyville. Peak winds were estimated around 130 MPH. Among the destroyed structures was a county highway garage. Eight vehicles were tossed, including a small van that was thrown onto a debris pile. One person was treated for a cut.
45.01958-07-11238°31'N / 87°57'W38°30'N / 87°54'W2.70 Miles50 Yards0025K0Wabash
45.72007-10-18237°48'N / 87°00'W37°49'N / 86°51'W8.00 Miles180 Yards0050K0KDaviess
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: Numerous trees and a few structures were damaged. The tornado damage path continued into Hancock County. Peak winds were estimated near 130 mph where the EF-2 damage occurred between Spice Knob and Scythia. The average path width was 150 yards. EPISODE NARRATIVE: The second and more significant severe weather outbreak of the day occurred as a cold front swept east across the Mississippi Valley. Scattered thunderstorms developed along and ahead of the front late in the afternoon. The storms organized into supercells and short lines during the evening. Over a dozen tornadoes occurred in western Kentucky.
45.92007-10-18337°46'N / 87°10'W37°49'N / 87°03'W7.00 Miles360 Yards0811.5M0KDaviess
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: About a dozen homes were destroyed, and close to 150 others were damaged. An additional 20 public or commercial buildings were destroyed or condemned. Damage to commercial and public buildings, including churches and schools, was estimated near 10.5 million dollars. Residential structures sustained about 1 million dollars in damage. Two historic churches suffered severe damage. The steeple of one church collapsed into the sanctuary. About 125 people were in the church at the time of the collapse, including 25 where the steeple fell into the sanctuary. They all moved to the basement 5 or 10 minutes before the storm hit, sparing anyone from death or serious injury. On the west side of Owensboro, a man was trapped in his overturned mobile home. He received only minor injuries. A motel was heavily damaged, with nearly the entire roof blown off. Several guests at the motel were treated for injuries, mostly abrasions from falling debris. Almost every building at Brescia University was damaged, mostly to the roofs. Windows were blown out of the science building. Elsewhere, a delivery truck was overturned. Piles of debris from collapsed garages, warehouses, and roofs lined downtown streets during the cleanup. Tobacco warehouses downtown were destroyed or heavily damaged. The most serious damage was in a 12 to 15 square block area in and near downtown. Nearly all city streets were reopened and nearly all power was restored within a few days after the tornado. Peak winds were estimated at 155 mph where the EF-3 damage occurred in downtown Owensboro. The damage path began just northeast of the Owensboro-Daviess County Airport, then curved northeast through the riverfront area of downtown Owensboro. The average path width was 300 yards. EPISODE NARRATIVE: The second and more significant severe weather outbreak of the day occurred as a cold front swept east across the Mississippi Valley. Scattered thunderstorms developed along and ahead of the front late in the afternoon. The storms organized into supercells and short lines during the evening. Over a dozen tornadoes occurred in western Kentucky.
46.01989-01-07238°23'N / 87°56'W38°24'N / 87°57'W2.00 Miles100 Yards002.5M0Wabash
46.01957-06-11239°06'N / 87°19'W0.20 Mile70 Yards0025K0Sullivan
46.62005-11-06337°53'N / 87°35'W37°54'N / 87°33'W3.10 Miles400 Yards087.0M0Henderson
 Brief Description: The tornado that would cause mass casualties in the Evansville, Indiana area crossed the Ohio River a second time. This second crossing was from Vanderburgh County, Indiana into Henderson County. The tornado then crossed the river a third time less than a mile west of the U.S. Highway 41 twin bridges. The river does not form the state line at the third crossing. From the bridges, extensive tree damage was visible along both sides of the Ohio River. Almost immediately after crossing the river, the tornado slammed into a horse racing facility named Ellis Park. There was extensive damage to grandstands and housing facilities for jockeys. A few race horses were killed. This facility was the first major facility to be impacted by the tornado. All of the Henderson County tornado injuries were at Ellis Park. The tornado then crossed back into Vanderburgh County, Indiana after striking Ellis Park.
47.01952-12-09337°41'N / 87°18'W37°52'N / 86°54'W25.20 Miles880 Yards030K0Daviess
47.51990-06-02238°14'N / 86°18'W38°14'N / 86°14'W3.00 Miles100 Yards00250K0Harrison
47.71985-04-05238°24'N / 86°13'W1.00 Mile17 Yards0025K0Harrison
48.82002-04-28237°51'N / 86°38'W37°52'N / 86°36'W2.10 Miles150 Yards012800K0Perry
 Brief Description: Five homes were destroyed. Five mobile homes were destroyed. Four other homes had damage. The roof was torn off a church. Numerous trees were uprooted and many outbuildings were destroyed.
49.31957-05-21238°42'N / 87°59'W38°43'N / 87°55'W3.60 Miles150 Yards0025K0Richland
49.31974-04-03338°46'N / 86°18'W38°48'N / 86°16'W2.30 Miles177 Yards0025.0M0Lawrence
49.42000-01-03337°43'N / 87°11'W37°46'N / 87°07'W7.00 Miles880 Yards01864.0M0Daviess
 Brief Description: The tornado first touched down near the community of Rome, just southwest of Owensboro, and entered the city near the southern boundary of Owensboro Airport. The tornado tracked northeast through the heart of Owensboro before dissipating on the east side of town. Peak winds were estimated at 180 MPH. Since the tornado path was mostly through densely populated residential and commercial areas, damage was in the tens of millions, but injuries were surprisingly few. Of the 18 injuries, one was critical, and the rest were relatively minor. The critically injured person was in a home near the beginning of the damage path. This person sustained broken vertebrae and numerous cuts and bruises. Owensboro landmarks heavily damaged by the tornado included Apollo High School, Kentucky Wesleyan College, and the Winn-Dixie Store. Damage to the 12 buildings at Kentucky Wesleyan College was estimated to be near 5 million dollars. Small to mid size automobiles were tossed about by the wind. Damage to utility lines was extensive, and repairs took about 10 days to complete. Final damage tallies showed about 1200 homes and businesses sustained damage. Of those 1200 structures, 101 were totally destroyed and 573 sustained major damage. Owensboro was declared a federal disaster area. An emergency shelter accomodated roughly 150 persons, including many from local nursing homes. Owensboro schools were closed for a week.
49.72005-11-06337°52'N / 87°42'W37°54'N / 87°36'W4.20 Miles400 Yards00150K0Vanderburgh
 Brief Description: This tornado first crossed into Vanderburgh County, Indiana from Henderson County, KY at a peninsula formed by the Ohio River just west of Henderson. This peninsula is Ohio River bottomland primarily used for farming. From the air, scour marks were clearly visible on farmland. There were very few structures impacted in this small part of the county. A two-story house built in 1875 sustained major roof damage. Tree branches were embedded into the house. One farm equipment shed was demolished, and another sustained major damage. A 10,000-pound truck was flipped over. Heavy farm equipment was moved several feet. The tornado crossed the Ohio River back into Henderson County in a sparsely populated flood plain, used mostly for farming. This was the deadliest tornado in Indiana since April 3, 1974. This tornado tracked a total of 41 miles from Henderson County, KY into Spencer County, IN. A total of at least 500 homes and buildings were destroyed or severely damaged. Much of the damage was upper F-2 to lower F-3 intensity. Although the tornado was up to 500 yards wide, the average path width was 275 yards. Of the approximately 230 injuries, 20 were critical, and 63 resulted in hospital admissions. This tornado was the more northern tornado of a pair of strong supercell tornadoes that occurred simultaneously. The southern tornado occurred in Crittenden and Webster Counties of Kentucky.
49.81974-04-03538°18'N / 86°17'W38°25'N / 86°05'W13.50 Miles33 Yards2340K0Harrison


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