New Year's Eve tornado confirmed in Spencer County

Photo courtesy of Ann (Vonderheide) Klem

From Local Sources

The National Weather Service is confirming a tornado in northeast Spencer County after a New Year’s Eve squall line brought heavy rain and gusty winds.

The National Weather Service says the EF-1 twister with estimated peak winds of 105 mph touched down Monday afternoon in Spencer County, damaging at least three homes, mostly to their roofs and facia. A detached garage was destroyed with the debris thrown at least 300 yards. At least three metal farm buildings sustained minor roof damage in the tornado’s three-mile path.

Ann (Vonderheide) Klem, who lives one mile east of Mariah Hill and one mile west of the junction of state roads 62 and 162, near the Mariah Hill Conservation Club, posted pictures of her damage that included snapped and broken trees, a mangled TV antenna and patio, and landscaping features broken and strewn about.

“It was bad,” Klem said. “We thought everything on our patio was coming through our sliding glass door. It shook our hourse really bad.”

The Spencer County tornado was one of two Monday in Indiana. The weather service earlier confirmed a brief EF-1 tornado with maximum winds of 100 mph caused damage Monday near the Harrison County community of Dogwood.

A handful of low-lying Dubois County roadway segments remained closed by high water.

The five roads still listed as closed by the Dubois County Highway Department are:

• County Road 150S west of Old Huntingburg Road.

• Ell Creek Road north of County Road 400S.

• County Road 400S east of U.S. 231.

• County Road 400S west of Ell Creek Road.

• East First Street in Huntingburg west of County Road 75W.

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