Blackford Co. residents still vividly remember November 2017 tornado

While the day has long gone, those in the path of the EF-2 tornado on November 5, 2017 remember the day well.

Posted: Nov 7, 2020 2:20 PM
Updated: Nov 7, 2020 9:08 PM

DUNKIRK, Ind. (WFFT) -- On Nov. 5, 2017, a strong EF-2 tornado touched down in Northeast Indiana just south of the Blackford County, Delaware County line and tore a 39-mile path of destruction into Mercer County, Ohio.

While the day has long gone and seemingly so much occupying the minds of people, those in the path of the twister remember the day well

Dan Green lives right along the path the twister took and was at home when it came through. When asked if he and his neighbors still talk about it, he said "Every time the neighbors get together and talk, we’re talking about the tornado."

RELATED: Take a look back at some of the damage caused by the Nov. 5, 2017 tornado

The day after the tornado, FOX 55 spoke with Robert Miller, Green's neighbor at the time.

Miller was still in shock at the time once the dust settled.

In disbelief, Miller said on that day as he looked over the land his family has lived on since the mid-1800s, "I built that house and I built that barn and they both got demolished,"

Green says that feeling of uncertainty went on for weeks for those in the path of the twister.

"Everybody was just in shock. I mean, there’s still damage and stuff from the tornado," Green said. In the weeks after, Miller rebuilt his home, but has since moved.

A few miles away at CW Homestead Farm, owners Jenny and Casey Wagner rode out the tornado inside one of their hog barns on that day back in 2017. They say they had no plan and just took cover.

"I just happened to look out and I seen a big and there was stuff swirling in it, and I thought oh my god, this is a tornado," Jenny explained.

Casey recounted, "It seemed like it took forever, but it was probably thirty seconds to a minute, maybe, that we were down and then stood up and basically looked and there was no roofs, no tops on anything left standing."

What they saw was sheet metal everywhere and a multimillion-dollar loss between their two farms damaged.

However, it’s not just the memory of the storm that lives on, but how people turned up to help one another afterward and a grateful community that no lives were lost that day.

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