45 minutes, 25 lives: 14th Anniversary of the 2005 tornado

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) — On this day in 2005, many families’ lives were changed, and it was a day many in the Tri-State will never forget.

Fourteen years ago, a tornado hit parts of the Tri-State in the middle of the night.

It started in Henderson County, crossed the Ohio River into Ellis Park, into Vanderburgh County — ravaging what was then the Eastbrook Mobile Home Park, now Waterford Pointe.

The tornado then continued into Warrick County in Newburgh, Degonia Springs, and on into Spencer County.

A total of 25 people were killed — 20 alone in the mobile home park.

The tornado rapidly became a violent F3 tornado, with 200 mile-per-hour winds, leaving a 41-mile path of destruction within 45 minutes. 

This was the deadliest tornado to strike Indiana since 1974, and at that time, the deadliest since 1999, nationwide.

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(This story was originally published on November 6, 2019)

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