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Indiana reflects on the 10th anniversary of the Nov. 17, 2013, tornado outbreak

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — In a solemn commemoration, Indiana marks the 10th anniversary of the devastating Nov. 17, 2013, tornado outbreak that left an indelible mark on the Hoosier state. As the anniversary approaches, the people of Indiana reflect upon the harrowing events of that fateful day.

Impacts in Indiana

During the Nov. 17, 2013 tornado outbreak, Indiana experienced a staggering 30 tornadoes. The cities of Kokomo and Lebanon were among the hardest hit. Roofs were ripped off buildings, trees were uprooted, and power lines were strewn across the landscape. The tornadoes brought a path of destruction, leaving residents in shock. Thankfully, no fatalities in the Hoosier state occurred but there were eight injuries.

The impact of this devastating tornado served as a stark reminder of the destructive force of nature and the importance of preparedness and safety measures in communities prone to severe weather events.

The community response was swift and resolute. The people of Indiana rallied together, demonstrating their unwavering spirit and resilience. Emergency responders, volunteers, and organizations came together to provide immediate aid and support to those affected.

Impacts outside of Indiana

The outbreak was part of a larger severe weather system that affected the Midwest. This outbreak wreaked havoc across several states, with Indiana bearing a significant brunt of the destruction.

(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

In Illinois, the deadliest storm of the outbreak occurred in the town of Washington. A powerful EF-4 tornado, with estimated wind speeds of 190 mph (305 km/h), tore through the community, leaving a path of destruction in its wake. This tornado resulted in tragic loss of life and caused extensive damage to homes, businesses, and infrastructure in Washington and the surrounding area.


In the aftermath, Indiana embarked on a journey of rebuilding and recovery. The state implemented measures to enhance tornado preparedness, improve warning systems, and bolster emergency response capabilities. Communities worked tirelessly to restore infrastructure, rebuild homes, and heal the emotional scars left by the tornadoes.

Though the passage of time cannot erase the pain and loss experienced by those affected, Indiana stands strong, united, and prepared to face any future challenges. The 10-year anniversary of the Nov. 17, 2013 tornado outbreak serves as a solemn reminder of the importance of community, preparedness, and resilience in the face of adversity.