National Weather Service confirms EF-1 tornado hit Harrison County

National Weather Service confirms EF-1 tornado hit Harrison County
The National Weather Service confirmed a small EF-1 tornado touched down in Harrison County, Indiana. (Source: Gerald Price)

HARRISON COUNTY, IN (WAVE) - New Year’s Eve severe weather rendered more than heavy rain and high winds for some in southern Indiana.

The National Weather Service confirmed a small EF-1 tornado touched down in Harrison County, Indiana.

In its final report, NWS surveyors said the tornado touched down first one mile east of Central, IN, near Dogwood and ended one mile southwest of Elizabeth, IN.

Officials called it an “intermittent skipping tornado varying in width, size and speed.”

The tornado traveled 2.2 miles and was 140 yards at its widest point. NWS officials said the tornado produced winds of 100 m.p.h. at its peak.

The tornado lasted for just three minutes, from 3:38 to 3:41 p.m. Monday, according to the NWS report.

Damage reports were scattered along the path of the storm.

Where the tornado first touched down, a “heavy metal chain fence weighing several hundred pounds was picked up and thrown 30 yards into the back of the house causing significant damage,” the report read. Yard decorations, shingles and gravel were strewn about the yard and a swing set was thrown from one side of the house to the other. Surveyors also found “twisted and uprooted trees.”

In another area, a barn was destroyed. Property damage and damage to crops was reported in other areas.

The NWS issued a tornado warning at 3:12 p.m., 26 minutes ahead of the touchdown.

No injuries were reported.

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