FIRST ALERT: Three tornadoes confirmed in 21Country Friday night

Trees uprooted at properties off IN-37
Trees uprooted at properties off IN-37(WPTA)
Published: Apr. 1, 2023 at 8:09 PM EDT
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Ind. (WPTA) - The National Weather Service (NWS) on Saturday officially confirmed two tornadoes in northeast Allen County Friday night. On Sunday morning, the NWS confirmed a third tornado.

An EF-2 developed in northeast Fort Wayne and moved into Harlan with estimated peak winds of 120 mph. This first tornado stayed on the ground for 7.8 miles and was expected to have a maximum width of 400 yards.

Allen County EF-2 Tornado Path 03/31/2023
Allen County EF-2 Tornado Path 03/31/2023(WPTA)

A brief EF-0 tornado formed from a microburst around the north side of Harlan along IN-37 causing minor damage to a few homes and barns. This weaker tornado is estimated to have been on the ground for 1.1 miles.

Allen County EF-0 Tornado Path 03/31/2023
Allen County EF-0 Tornado Path 03/31/2023(WPTA)

A brief EF-0 tornado developed south of Road 424, in Paulding County, Ohio just east of Antwerp. The tornado tracked rapidly north, crossing the Maumee river. Several homes with minor roof and siding damage. Numerous trees uprooted and snapped along this path. While still rated as a weak tornado, the estimated wind peak of 80mph is just 6 mph away from an EF-1 rating.


Our crew from 21Alive was out throughout the day surveying the damage around IN-37 from northeast Fort Wayne to Hicksville, Ohio. A few homeowners talked with our crew, telling us their homes were a “total loss.” Many barns sustained heavy damage, impacting several Amish farms in the rural communities.

Power lines were knocked down or snapped along numerous roads, causing extensive outages. Other common damage in the area included uprooted trees and peeled shingles.

This story with be updated with maps of the tornado paths as we receive data from the National Weather Service.

In a tweet Saturday evening, the National Weather Service says they were not able to make it out to Swayzee, Indiana in Grant County, where heavy damage has been reported. An update could come in the future regarding the type of damage in that area as the NWS works with local officials.

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