Preliminary results show tornado formed during Friday storms in Spencer Co.

Published: Oct. 16, 2021 at 5:07 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 16, 2021 at 7:11 PM CDT
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SPENCER CO., Ind. (WFIE) - The National Weather Service confirms a tornado formed and touched down in Spencer County during the storms that rolled through the Tri-State on Friday night.

According to preliminary results, an EF-1 tornado dropped down with estimated peak winds of 90 miles per hour.

NWS officials tell 14 News the tornado touched down for 1.1 miles, causing significant damage to one property, including a barn that was moved about 20 feet off its foundation.

“Based on those damage indicators, there are levels or degrees of damage within those,” Christine Wielgos with NWS Paducah said. “So for instance with trees, depending on if the tree was snapped or uprooted, or if there were just branches off of them - those are all clues to help tell us what the wind speeds probably were in that general vicinity.”

Officials say it’s really not uncommon to see this severe weather this late in the year, describing it as a secondary severe weather season.

NWS tells 14 News it’s early in the investigation, but officials don’t believe the tornado was on the ground for very long.

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