NWS: EF-1 tornado touched down in Washington County, Indiana Friday

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Posted at 1:48 PM, Mar 19, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-21 12:53:35-04

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Ind. — The National Weather Service said Sunday an EF-1 tornado touched down Friday.

The tornado was on the ground for 5.5 miles in Salem around 8 p.m. The maximum tornado width was 200 yards with an estimated peak wind of 105 mph. EF-1 tornadoes have winds of 86-110 mph.

No one was injured, but several buildings were damaged, including two businesses near the courthouse. The NWS says the most intense damage happened near the intersection of Mill Creek Road and Fort Hill Road.

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On one property, the NWS found a carport that had been thrown several hundred feet and other debris was located half a mile away. Multiple trees in the tornado's path were also uprooted.

Washington County Sheriff Brent Miller and Emergency Management Director Desi Alexander spent part of Saturday looking at damage in Salem.