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NWS Confirms 17 Tornadoes In May 25 Outbreak

The most powerful was an EF-3 that touched down near Bedford.

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Photo: Dan Goldblatt (WFIU News)

The EF-3 near Bedford turned over this F-150 and destroyed several homes.

Meteorologists with the National Weather Service now say 17 tornadoes touched down last Wednesday across Indiana, bringing the total number to 47 for the year. A handful of new touchdowns were confirmed in southern Indiana, near the Kentucky border. Meteorologist Mike Ryan says that’s very high.

“It’s rare you see years like that,” he said. “And I would need to go back and take a look but I think that’s probably put us near the top in terms of a state total for an annual total.”

The strongest of the 17 was an EF3 that hit in the Bedford area. The other one that was comparable was north of Evansville. That one went through Posey, Vanderburgh, and Gibson counties. That was EF2 with maximum sustained winds of 125 miles an hour.

Ryan says Wednesday’s outbreak still does not rival the April 19 outbreak, the fourth largest in Indiana history, in which 30 tornadoes touched down statewide.

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