'Tornado Alley' inclusion may stave off storm complacency

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Some weather experts would like to see all of Indiana included in National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration maps outlining the "Tornado Alley" portion of the United States.

They think the designation may help prevent complacency about the violent storms. But the agency's Web site calls Tornado Alley a nickname with no official boundary.

Indiana frequently sees spring tornadoes and had a fall one hit on Oct. 18th in Nappanee. No one was killed in that storm, but damage estimates for the northern Indiana community are expected to climb past $10 million.

The American Meteorology Society defines Tornado Alley as the area of the United States where tornadoes are most frequent.

Indiana ranked 15th in the number of tornadoes and sixth in both fatalities and injuries from 1950 to 1994.

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