Sunday's storms call back memories of past disasters

By: NewsCenter16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter16 Staff Email

Michiana is familiar with fall severe weather.

The area was rocked by a storm on Oct. 24, 2001 that is still remembered for its aggressiveness and destruction.

On that day, a series of tornadoes struck, killing two and leaving millions of dollars in damage.

Eight tornadoes touched down that day in northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan.

The strongest, an F-3, started near Crumstown and hit the northwest side of South Bend before tearing into Michigan.

Then, just six years later on Oct. 18, 2007, Nappanee was devastated by a fall twister.

“Every home in this area had damage, whether a roof damage, windows blown out or a door blown off,” said Mayor Larry Thompson.

The tornado spanned a half-mile wide with winds of up to 165 miles per hour.

Unbelievably, no one was killed. However, plenty of damage was done to hundreds of buildings, and five people were hurt.

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