JASPER COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — The National Weather Service confirmed Thursday that one EF1 tornado struck northern Jasper County during Monday’s severe storms.
Officials said embedded in extreme straight-line winds, the tornado hit wind speeds of 105 mph, near Demotte, Indiana. NWS officials said the tornado made an eight-mile path that started east-southeast of DeMotte between N. County Road 1150 West and N. County Road 1100 West, just north of W. County Road 1200 North.
Surveyors said in their summary, there was a 100 to 200 yard swath of consistent tree damage and numerous snapped trees. The damage path continued through to the east and then through the center of DeMotte, north of Ninth Street. It continued along Orchid Street, where a barn was completely destroyed.
W. County Road 1450 North was near the end of the damage path, but it still experienced snapped trees, wood power poles pushed over, and multiple structures received damage.
Officials originally thought it may have been multiple tornadoes, but have since ruled that out saying one tornado touched down along the eight-mile long damage path.
In addition, NWS confirmed Winamac had straight-lined wind damage from Monday’s storms. Officials said the entire northern half of Pulaski County had substantial to significant wind damage, similar to that of Marshall County. NWS said wind speeds were as high as 80 to 85 mph.