Parke County Tornadoes
Ten tornadoes have touched down in Parke County since January 1st, 1950.
May 25, 2011 - Two tornadoes touched down on the evening of Wednesday, May 25th. The first tornado touchdown was at 9:38 PM and was an EF0 with estimated wind speeds of 80mph. It was on the ground for 0.4 miles with a maximum path width of 30 yards. The tornado lifted at 9:39 PM. This tornado started near the Bridgeton covered bridge and moved East lifting near Hawkins Road. The tornado caused some damage to the Bridgeton covered bridge. The second tornado touched down at 9:40 PM and was an EF1 with estimated wind speeds of 90 mph. It was on the ground for 0.8 miles with a maximum path width of 100 yards. The tornado lifted at 9:43 PM. This tornado occurred 5 miles ESE of Rockville. Widespread wind damage also occurred outside of these tornadoes.
June 02, 1990 - This was the largest tornado outbreak in Indiana history. Through the early morning hours of June 3rd, a total of 37 tornadoes had occurred in the state of Indiana. According to Red Cross surveys, 237 homes and 105 mobile homes were destroyed and another 665 homes and 158 mobile homes were damaged in the state of Indiana. Twelve Hoosiers lost their lives.
Four of these tornadoes were in Parke County. All four were F0 tornadoes with estimated wind speeds of 40-72 mph and a damage path of less then 0.5miles. The first tornado touched down at 5:23PM and the last tornado lifted at 6:00PM. Touchdowns occurred near Cecil M Harden Lake, North East of Rosedale, North of Bloomingdale, and in North Eastern Parke County near Waveland.
March 15, 1971 - An F0 tornado touched down in the early morning hours of March 15th near Montezuma. Touchdown was at 2:00AM. It was on the ground for 0.1 miles and had a width of 33 yards.
May 10, 1969 - An F0 tornado touched down at 11:15 AM on May 10th. The tornado was near Cecil M Harden Lake and was on the ground for 0.1 miles and had a width of 20 yards.
April 29, 1963 - On this date, the strongest tornado in Parke County history touched down. This was an F3 tornado with estimated wind speeds of 158 mph to 206 mph. The tornado touched down at 6:00 PM near Rosedale and was on the ground for 5.6 miles, lifting near Bridgeton. The tornado was 100 yards wide and caused $250,000 in damage.
March 15, 1953 - At 10:00PM, an F1 tornado touched down just North of Bridgeton. It was on the ground for 0.1 miles with a width of 100 yards.