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Tornado Levels Hog Barn in Indiana


by Jerry Goshert

Published: Friday, November 10, 2017

Severe thunderstorms, and even some tornadoes, battered parts of Indiana on Sunday, causing sporadic damage and some flooding.

The National Weather Service reported a very strong EF-2 tornado touched down and caused damage about 2 p.m. Sunday a few miles northwest of Portland in Jay County. A hog farm, C.W. Homestead Farms, suffered significant damage.

Co-owner Jennie Wagner, speaking to WANE-TV of Fort Wayne, said that she and her husband were inside one of the barns checking the pigs while the tornado was bearing down on them.

"It was quiet as quiet could be," Wagner said. "I just happened to look out the end of one of the barns, and I saw it coming toward us, and when you're in a hog barn there's really nowhere to go to be safe, so we hunkered down, and everything just blew around us and we're alive and we're safe. Thank God."

The weather service said the tornado was on the ground for 39 miles, crossing into parts of Delaware, Blackford and Jay counties before terminating in northwestern Ohio. Peak winds reached 134 miles per hour.

Two other tornadoes were reported Sunday in the state. An EF-1 twister was confirmed near Springville in Lawrence County, and an EF-1 tornado was briefly on the ground near Muncie in Delaware County.

Other areas saw damage from straight line winds, as well as hail and flooding.

In northern Indiana, the weather service said heavy rains sent water flowing over roads in North Webster.

Editor's note: The Associated Press contributed to the above story.

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