WOODBURN, Ind. (WFFT) -- Aug. 24, 2016 is a day that will go down in weather history.
A total of 22 tornadoes touched down in the outbreak that day.
The strongest, a high-end EF-3 tornado, producing an estimated 160 mile per hour winds.
Storm chaser Michael Enfield remembers the tornado touching down near Woodburn, in Northeastern Allen county,
"When I got to Doty and Ricker road, I saw this very profound wall cloud with actually two funnels actually hanging down from it. At that point, I knew something big was about to sit down."
What sat down was a 500-yard wide tornado with multiple vortices attached to it.
It stayed on the ground for over five miles, destroying anything in its path.
One of the hardest-hit homes was that of Nettie and Paul Rekeweg.
They were meeting with some friends at the bar in Woodburn when they heard a tornado was headed that way.
When everyone else went to a nearby house for shelter, Paul decided he and Nettie would head home.
Paul explained, "We came up behind the tornado, and when we turned the corner about half a mile from here, I said well the barn’s gone. Got a little closer, garage and chicken house were gone. Got a little closer, shed’s gone. About that time, we pulled into the driveway we saw the damage to the house and our hearts just sank."
The damage to their property was over $100,000, but more than that, 50 years of memories, torn to pieces before their eyes.
"It was shocking, just shocking, and we were numb," Nettie said, recalling that day. "People were saying what can we do? We need to help you, what can we do? We just stood there. We didn’t know what to do or what to think."
Once reality set in, it took until December of 2016 and a village of people to help get them back on their feet.
Helping feed the family, do their laundry, and rebuild some of the structures.
While Paul said he wanted to see the tornado in person, he doesn’t want to experience it again, saying "Once in a lifetime is too much."
The National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office in Northern Indiana says on that day, the average lead time for the tornado warnings was 16 minutes, helping lead to zero deaths on the day and only one minor injury.
Nettie and Paul are still living with the reminders of that day, still repairing things that were ruined by the tornado.