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Focus on awareness for 8 year anniversary of devastating Tri-State twister

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Meteorologist Jeff Lyons speaking at Wednesday's meeting. Meteorologist Jeff Lyons speaking at Wednesday's meeting.

Eight years ago Wednesday, the Tri-State was hit by a devastating tornado that killed nearly two dozen people.

The National Weather Service used the anniversary to raise awareness about the threat of off-season tornadoes.

The tornado touched down just before 2:00 in a Henderson County field, made it's way through Ellis Park before destroying much of the East Brook Mobile Home Park, killing those 25 people while they slept.

The tornado's 41-mile path also heavily damaged parts of Newburgh before lifting near Gentryville.

Weather experts remember how the tornado crossed the Ohio River three times. The storm was the deadliest November tornado on record in Indiana.

Current Vanderburgh County Sheriff Eric Williams was one of the first responders that night and told 14 News he'll never forget the horror he saw through the darkness.

"I can even remember this day, driving I-164 and looking off in Warrick County. When the lightening would flash, you could see the tornados still moving across Warrick County. As I walked in a little we start to get a glimpse of what we're facing and it took me a while to get my wits about myself to start to plan what we need to do because it was terrible," Williams recalled.

Since that tornado, there have been many changes put in place. On Wednesday, the National Weather Service hosted a public forum discussing safety and the dangers of tornadoes, especially those that strike at night and in cooler seasons.

The meeting was held at the Red Cross building in Evansville and our own Jeff Lyons was a special guest speaker.

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