NWS confirms tornado hit northeast Allen Co.

WANE-TV viewer Arika Adkison sent this photo of corn stalks blown over on Flutter Road between Maplecrest and Wheelock Roads. (Aug. 20, 2016)

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The National Weather Service confirmed Sunday that an EF-0 tornado hit northeast Allen County Saturday evening.

According to a preliminary report, the tornado touched down just south of the intersection of Young Road and Flutter Road.

It traveled for approximately 2.4 miles to the northeast.

Officials said the tornado width was approximately 70 yards. It had estimated wind speeds between 65 and 75 miles per hour.

Damage surveys from NWS located down trees and an uprooted pine tree. Surveyors also found minor shingle damage. The report also noted corn stalks blown in a downward direction and a tipped over swing set that appeared to roll from the front yard of a home on Notestine Road to the back yard.

The tornado was on the ground for approximately seven minutes.

Saturday, the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning at 5:45 p.m. and a train spotted radioed a tornado on the ground at 5:50 p.m. near the intersection of Notestine Road and Schwartz Road – which is about in line with the reported path.

According to online records from The Tornado Project and the NOAA, this is the first confirmed tornado in Allen County since 2010.

Information provided from the National Weather Service is preliminary and will be finalized at a later date.

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