30th anniversary of the Indiana tornado outbreak

INDIANA — It has been 30 years since 15 tornadoes destroyed dozens of buildings and damaged hundreds of homes, with damage estimated at $12 million. On November 22, 1992, 15 tornadoes hit the state of Indiana in the afternoon. Fortunately, there were no fatalities in this outbreak. Only six injuries were reported that day.

These tornadoes were generated by a weather system that produced 94 tornadoes from Texas to North Carolina this weekend.

November 22, 1992 tornadoes

  • F1 in Pimento, Vigo County: A small tornado ripped off sheet metal from several buildings, causing damage estimated at $25,000. This tornado was 0.1 miles down.
  • F3 near Ellettsville, Monroe County: This tornado destroyed three houses, seven mobile homes and three barns. Other structures were also damaged. This tornado was nine minutes and 5.3 miles down, injuring three people.
  • F3 near Morton, in both Putnam and Montgomery Counties: This tornado was down for 25 minutes, damaging numerous homes, barns, crops and outbuildings. Damage costs were approximately $1.3 million. An injury has been reported.
  • F3 near Martinsville, Morgan County: Property damage was estimated at around $1 million. This tornado was down for 27 minutes and was 15 miles long, damaging several buildings.
  • F1 near Parkersburg, Montgomery County: A mobile home was damaged resulting in an injury. This tornado was on the ground for six minutes and was 2.5 miles long.
  • F3 in Indianapolis, Marion County: 200 homes were damaged or destroyed, 95 feet of power lines and numerous trees were downed. This tornado was on the ground for 19 minutes and was nine miles long. Damage was estimated at $4 million.
  • F3 near Shelbyville, Shelby County: Several homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed. This tornado was on the ground for 22 minutes and was 10 miles long.
  • F2 near Lapel, Hamilton and Madison Counties: barns were damaged or destroyed. The roof of a silo was blown off. This tornado was down for five minutes and was two miles long.
  • F1 near Clarksville, Hamilton County: This tornado downed trees and power lines, stayed on the ground for about a minute and was a mile long.
  • F2 near Waynesburg, Decatur County: This tornado damaged multiple buildings and caused $450,000 in damage. It lay on the ground for about nine minutes and was 4.2 miles long.
  • F2 near Morristown, Shelby, Hancock and Rush Counties: Lasting 15 minutes with a path length of 7.5 miles, this tornado damaged homes and barns.
  • F1 north of Anderson, Madison County: This tornado ripped a roof off a storage building and was down for about a minute with a path length of 0.2 miles.
  • F1 in Jay County: A tornado made brief landfall, causing $25,000 in damage.

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