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National Weather Service: 26 Tornadoes In Indiana Sunday

The National Weather Service in Indianapolis has confirmed 26 tornadoes in Indiana Sunday, making it the second most active day for tornadoes in state history.

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Photo: Jashin Lin (WFIU/WTIU News)

A view of a damaged neighborhood in Kokomo.

The National Weather Service has confirmed 26 tornadoes touched down in the state this weekend, making Sunday the second most active tornado day in state history. Survey teams from the National Weather Service are touring Indiana, compiling information about the tornadoes.

Two tornadoes touched down in the Kokomo area. Both were categorized as EF2 – meaning their speeds reached a maximum of 135 miles per hour. Emergency responders in Kokomo say at least 30 people are hospitalized.

In the southwestern part of the state, 2 tornadoes hit in the Washington area.  National Weather Service Meteorologist Michael Koch says one of them traveled nearly 20 miles.

“That’s a long track tornado, usually they don’t travel that far,” Koch said. “Especially in this part of the country.  It’s pretty long.”

Koch says the warm temperature combined with the high dew point likely contributed to how far the tornado traveled.

A tornado near Tipton reached speeds of about 120 miles per hour and traveled about  three and a half miles.

There was a weaker tornado that hit just north of Bedford – it was categorized as an EF1.

Sara Wittmeyer

Sara Wittmeyer is the News Bureau Chief for WFIU and WTIU. Sara has more than a decade of experience as a news reporter and previously served with KBIA at the University of Missouri, WNKU at Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights, KY, and at WCPO News in Cincinnati.

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