This tornado was a part of the Indiana tornado outbreaks of August 8-9, 2017
the Tornado at peak intensity near the Shamrock Lakes subdivision
|Date||August 9, 2017|
|Times||0614 UTC-0741 UTC|
|Touchdown location||near Kokomo, Indiana|
|Damage||$500 million (2017 USD)|
|Areas affected||Greenstown; Fairmount; Matthews; Hartford City|
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Tornadoes of 2017
Around 2:00AM EDT a small supercell formed in western Howard County as one of the 17 supercells rolling through Central Indiana at the time...around 2:12AM EDT a tornado warning was issued for central Howard County, which was only a 2 minute lead time to the touchdown...the tornado touched down about 4 miles northwest of Greentown at 2:14AM; the tornado was a EF3 by 2:20AM yet was still only radar indicated...the tornado became a wedge at 2:23AM and was a EF4 at the time over Greentown, the tornado became a EF5 at 2:30AM...but the tornado was stationary between 2:57AM and 3:24AM...however the tornado started moving again and directly struck Matthews, Indiana at 3:30AM...the tornado directly hit Hartford City at 3:37AM as a 300MPH EF5 destroying everything in sight, however the supercell got absorbed by another supercell as 3:41AM.
The tornado was disputed for EF6, but the National Weather Service did not want to do a redesign of the Enhanced Fujita Scale just to rate this tornado EF6.
State of emergency
The next day or August 10th the entire state was put under a Civil Emergency Message (CEM) due to the hazardous debris covering roadways. Blackford County in specific was put under a State of emergency.
In the end, the NWS in Northern Indiana announced the death toll was 72, of which 56 of those deaths occurred in Hartford City.