FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — 15 years ago today, an F1 tornado touched down outside of Decatur, damaging numerous outbuildings and trees.
The twister touched down a quarter mile north of CR 200 W and CR 750 N around 5:14 p.m.
After touching down, it traveled southeast for three quarters of a mile.
Then it dissipated near a grove of trees about 2 minutes later.
Estimated winds ranged from 75 to 80 mph.
An F1 tornado wind speeds ranged from 73 mph to 112 mph on the Fujita scale.
It was replaced with the Enhanced Fujita Scale in 2007.
At the tornado's widest part, it was 200 yards wide.
It peeled back a tin roof from a barn, pulled off sections of garages and blew trees down.
A few vehicles and buildings were damaged by a flying trampoline.
Even a boat was damaged when it was thrown by the twister.
This tornado was part of a bigger storm system that caused 90 more tornadoes in Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi, and Georgia.
8 people were killed in Tennessee, while 8 more people were injured in Alabama and Georgia.