Strong EF2 tornado left path of destruction 5 miles long, 500 yards wide in Jay County
PORTLAND, Ind. — A tornado that hit a rural section of Jay County on Friday was ranked as EF2, a category listed as significant with wind speeds of 111-135 miles per hour, the National Weather Service announced Saturday evening.
The tornado developed about 3 miles southeast of Bryant around 3:50 p.m., and traveled east-southeast, according to a preliminary NWS report online. It damaged several homes and downed a 100-foot communications tower before weakening, turning and reintensifying into a multi-vortex, 500-yard-wide EF2 tornado that hit more houses and farm buildings and killed several cattle.
The tornado dissipated in an open field about eight miles southeast of Bryant, according to the NWS report.
Jay County officials reported Sunday that the storm had damaged houses and other rural buildings, knocked down trees and power lines and caused several county roads to be closed until Monday. No injures or human fatalities had been reported, Emergency Management Director Amy Blakely said Saturday afternoon.
The tornado had an estimated peak wind speed of 130 miles per hour, and a path about 5.2 miles long and 500 yards wide, the NWS reported.
A team from the NWS Northwest Indiana office traveled to Jay County Saturday morning to survey the damage. Local officials were working Saturday on an assessment of the amount of damage caused by the storm.
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Published at Sat, 19 Jun 2021 21:21:57 +0000