FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – August 24, 2016 was a day for the weather record books in northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio.
A warm front lifting northward through the Midwest produced 24 total tornadoes, 9 of which were in our viewing area. It was the largest single tornado event to ever occur in August, both Indiana and Ohio.
The largest tornado moved through the Woodburn area. It produced winds of up to 165 mph and was rated as an EF-3 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale.
The National Weather Service also confirmed an EF-2 tornado just northeast of Antwerp, and another just northwest of Defiance. EF-1 tornadoes were confirmed near Berne and Van Wert. Several other smaller EF-0 tornadoes also occurred, most of them in Van Wert County.
Here’s a look back at some of the incredible photos that were sent in on that day.
Photos: Aug. 24 tornado activity
Photos: Aug. 24 tornado activity x
Heavy rainfall potential Friday night and Saturday
Pacific front brings warmer air
Warm temps and heavy rainfall through next 24-hours
Rainfall and colder air moving into the region
Heavy rainfall potential Overnight Tuesday and Wednesday morning
Heavy rainfall south of Fort Wayne
Rainfall through Friday
Omega Blocking Pattern
Jose and Maria
Light showers with Irma remnants
Our team of meteorologists tracked the storms on NewsChannel 15 and Facebook Live for a total of more than 5 hours that day. We continued our coverage after the storm, showing the tornado damage from the ground and the sky.
Paul and Nettie Rekeweg’s Woodburn farm was heavily damaged. Pieces were ripped off of their home and several of their outside buildings and barns were leveled. We spoke with them about their memories of the storm one year later in the video below.