Weather Blog: November 17, 2013 Midwest tornado outbreak

Over 70 tornadoes ripped across seven Midwest states.

Posted: Nov 17, 2020 1:51 PM
Updated: Nov 17, 2020 1:56 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Seven years ago on November 17, 2013, more than 70 tornadoes tore across the Midwest.

The tornadoes impacted seven states which included Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Tennessee and Ohio.

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Indiana and Illinois were hit by 55 of those tornadoes.

The event went down as the fourth largest tornado outbreak for Illinois.

According to the National Weather Service (NWS), there were 30 tornadoes surveyed in Indiana, which ranks this event as the second largest in state history for the number of tornadoes in one day.

It was also the state's largest tornado outbreak for the month of November.

The NWS called it “a major late-season severe weather outbreak”.

HOW IT HAPPENED

A strong low pressure system moved through the region on November 17, 2013.

Storms began to fire up in central Illinois ahead of a potent cold front early in the afternoon.

They fired up as distinct supercells that had a forward motion of up to 60 mph.

The supercells eventually merged into a squall line that raced eastward across Indiana and Ohio in the late afternoon and early evening hours.

It was a perfect setup.

There was plenty of instability (available heat and moisture, or fuel for storms) and strong wind shear (wind that changes direction with height) ahead of the cold front.

The parameters were extremely high for this event, especially for the time of year.

Typically, severe weather season in the Midwest occurs late spring through the summer.

There is a secondary peak of severe weather in the fall.

LOCAL IMPACTS

There were 16 tornadoes that occurred across the NWS Northern Indiana forecast area.

Of those tornadoes, 7 occurred in northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio.

An EF-1 raced across Kosciusko county with a path length of a little over a mile.

An EF-2 tornado tracked 12 miles across Grant and Wabash counties.

A hog barn was heavily damaged and homes were also damaged.

The NWS surveyed an EF-2 that occurred near Silver Lake.

It was on the ground for over 4 miles in Wabash and Kosciusko counties.

There was a brief EF-0 touchdown in Grant county and an EF-1 touched down in Van Wert county.

An EF-2 scarred just over 11 miles in Paulding and Putnam counties in Ohio.

According to the NWS survey, barns suffered structural damage, with several hay wagons thrown or moved.

Houses were heavily damaged and there was extensive tree damage.

Overall, at least six people were killed during the event and nearly 200 were injured.

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 306538

Reported Deaths: 5435
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion41953849
Lake26872453
Allen17621295
Elkhart16905219
St. Joseph16524223
Hamilton12696167
Vanderburgh9552115
Tippecanoe844927
Porter813785
Johnson6231165
Vigo597979
Hendricks5944156
Monroe530349
Clark504077
Madison4858121
Delaware4820103
LaPorte457194
Kosciusko455739
Howard334975
Warrick319572
Floyd311477
Bartholomew308462
Wayne301367
Cass295831
Marshall293744
Grant262949
Noble249846
Hancock246551
Boone240254
Henry240237
Dubois234631
Dearborn215730
Jackson212633
Morgan204443
Gibson181725
Knox181419
Shelby178254
Clinton177821
Lawrence174047
DeKalb172829
Adams166422
Wabash158020
Miami157814
Daviess154643
Fayette147733
Steuben143513
Jasper142111
Harrison141824
LaGrange140129
Montgomery139027
Whitley133412
Ripley128114
Decatur124643
Huntington123510
Putnam123027
Randolph120719
Wells120428
White120321
Clay119822
Posey119616
Jefferson116216
Scott103219
Greene101353
Jay96413
Starke90621
Sullivan88916
Fulton83518
Jennings83214
Spencer8198
Perry81521
Fountain7738
Washington7417
Franklin68626
Carroll67913
Orange66628
Vermillion5993
Owen5987
Parke5606
Newton55312
Tipton55226
Rush5317
Blackford51912
Pike50318
Pulaski37710
Martin3515
Benton3362
Brown3353
Crawford2881
Union2671
Switzerland2555
Warren2382
Ohio2307
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Ohio Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 371840

Reported Deaths: 6100
CountyCasesDeaths
Franklin50231667
Cuyahoga36047741
Hamilton29931372
Montgomery20065228
Butler14769146
Lucas14317414
Summit13388316
Stark8792197
Warren819175
Mahoning7276299
Lake682666
Lorain643499
Clermont577248
Delaware556436
Licking549276
Fairfield538464
Trumbull5305147
Greene522364
Clark511464
Allen465485
Marion465251
Wood4491107
Medina447756
Miami425867
Pickaway399348
Columbiana347297
Portage344872
Tuscarawas328658
Wayne318793
Richland316638
Mercer289945
Hancock241337
Ross240759
Muskingum240210
Auglaize231031
Putnam224749
Erie224266
Darke223559
Ashtabula223253
Geauga203351
Scioto195915
Union19118
Shelby190615
Lawrence189438
Athens18864
Seneca180018
Belmont164929
Madison158918
Sandusky154229
Preble152621
Huron152318
Defiance139522
Holmes139139
Logan127816
Knox126318
Fulton124525
Washington121927
Crawford121516
Ottawa121130
Clinton106714
Williams10579
Ashland105222
Highland101317
Jefferson10124
Henry100023
Brown9925
Champaign9475
Jackson93112
Hardin91019
Fayette90317
Van Wert8976
Morrow8882
Guernsey83914
Coshocton82613
Perry78712
Adams78313
Pike7451
Gallia73513
Wyandot71216
Paulding64611
Hocking62616
Noble60223
Carroll45710
Meigs39012
Monroe31821
Morgan2575
Vinton2195
Harrison2023
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