Experts: 1953 Tornado Damage Would Be Worse Today

April 11, 2013

A deadly tornado that swept through east central Indiana 60 years ago could cause much more destruction if it swept through today because of suburban sprawl.

The April 9, 1953, twister originated in Illinois and ended near Albany. It measured an F3 on the Fujita scale and caused devastation and multiple deaths.

Meteorologist Dave Tucek of the National Weather Service says there are more homes to be damaged by a violent tornado today than there were in 1953. He tells The Star Press even good warning systems couldn’t prevent widespread damage and loss of life if a similar-strength storm took the same path today.

National Storm Prediction Center data show there have been eight F3 tornadoes and two F4 tornadoes in east central Indiana since 1950.

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