The National Weather Service has issued its preliminary damage report and it confirms that a long-track tornado developed Sunday afternoon near Eaton, traveled NE through Jay County (north of Portland), then into Mercer County, Ohio, and the Celina area before dissipating.
Meteorologists from our Northern Indiana Weather Forecast Office, and other nearby offices, came together Monday to assess the storm’s path and the resulting damage. By considering the damage they observed, this tornado has been ranked as an EF-2 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale. Damage from this EF-2 tornado correlates to peak wind speeds during the storm of up to 134 mph!
The NWS analysis of the tornado’s damage path reveals that the tornado was on the ground for 39 miles. All of this activity occurred during the early afternoon on Sunday from approximately 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm.