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1 of 26 tornadoes hit Kosciusko

One of more than two dozen tornadoes that tore through Indiana on Sunday ripped through barns and a house near Silver Lake in Kosciusko County, officials said Tuesday.

“From the damage surveyed, it looks like we have three barns and a house that had significant damage near Silver Lake from that EF-2 tornado,” said Nick Greenawalt, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Syracuse.

At least 26 tornadoes touched down Sunday in Indiana, making it the third-biggest tornado outbreak in state history, the weather service said.

Indiana’s most active tornado day was June 2, 1990, when 33 tornadoes touched down, according to the National Weather Service. The state’s second-biggest outbreak was April 19, 2011.

Tornadoes rated EF-2 are capable of snapping and uprooting trees and causing significant damage to barns, garages and homes.

The scale ranges from EF-0, the least damaging, to EF-5, which can obliterate homes and scatter the wreckage for miles, Greenawalt said.

Sunday’s tornado in Kosicusko County began about 2.5 miles south in Wabash County and ended up about three miles east of Silver Lake, he said.

The estimated wind speed was 125 mph, and the tornado remained on the ground for a little more than 4 miles, the weather service said.

Local and regional power supply companies continued cleaning up downed power lines and poles throughout the day Tuesday.

Officials at Indiana Michigan Power said Tuesday there were 56 broken poles and 13 damaged transformers in Fort Wayne as a result of the storm.

Power was restored Tuesday night to Fort Wayne customers, I&M officials said. About 8,400 had been without power at the peak of the storm, the utility said.

In Kosciusko County, REMC workers and additional crews worked throughout the night to restore power for customers, according to a statement the company.

By Tuesday night, about six customers were still without power, REMC officials said.

jcrothers@jg.net

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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