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Revisiting the 2019 Memorial Day tornado outbreak

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MONTPELIER, Ind. (WPTA21) - Two years ago, three tornadoes ripped across northern Indiana, and nearly twenty tornadoes were reported through Ohio on Memorial Day. Emotions, memories, and the cleanup efforts are still fresh in the minds of those impacted.

Of the several tornadoes, the strongest to impact Indiana took place in southern Wells county. The twister was rated an EF-3, with estimated winds over 150 mph.

Frauhiger Livestock was one farm impacted by the tornado. The storm destroyed buildings, killed several cattle, and injured two workers. Tyson Frauhiger says the emotions of the day are still fresh, and it's challenging to see one's life's work destroyed in a matter of minutes or seconds.

Across the road, Bill McIntire's property was also hit by the tornado. The twister damaged his home, pole barn, and uprooted trees throughout the property. McIntire says he's still cleaning up from the storm two years later. A large section of his woods was either uprooted or heavily damaged, so he's still ripping out tree stumps and trying to plant grass for his yard.

Both Frauhiger and McIntire agree, however, that they were overwhelmed by those willing to help, clean up, and recover from the storm.

May and June are typically the busiest severe weather months of the year in Indiana. We still have yet to see a single severe report this year, but the Memorial Day tornado outbreak of 2019 is a reminder to keep one's guard up and prepare now before severe weather strikes.

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Gabe Prough

Gabe Prough is the Weekend Evening Meteorologist for ABC21. A northeast Indiana native, he joined the StormTrack weather team in December 2019.

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