Van Wert County, OH F4 Tornado – February 18, 1992

SPC Stats:

Path length: 2.8 miles

Width:  40 yards

Fatalities:  0

Injuries:  6

Rating:  F4

County:  Van Wert

Two tornadoes were confirmed on February 18, 1992.  Both were in Ohio.  They were on the opposite ends of the spectrum.  One was rated F0 in Allen County.  The other was rated F4. 

We look at this significant, quick-hitting tornado that hit in Van Wert County, OH.   It developed 1/2 mile north of the Van Wert/Mercer County line.  This location was also 1/2 mile west of US Highway 127.  It traveled a short distance of 2.8 miles.  A house, a mobile home and 2 cars were destroyed.  9 other homes were severely damaged.  The tornado drove several pieces of debris into trees.  There were 6 injuries and no fatalities.  

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SPC coordinates (only one point given):  Start: 40.73 / -84.57    

Note:  Exact tornado path may not be straight and/or continuous.

Damage Photos Extracted from the Feb 1992 Storm Data Publication

Discrepancies:

We gathered information for this event from the SPC & NCDC Databases, the February 1992 Storm Data Narrative and Thomas Grazulis in Significant Tornadoes Update and found the following differences:

Max Width:

  • The SPC and NCDC have the max width at 40 yards.
  • The Storm Data summary and Grazulis have the max width at 60 yards.

Sources:

The Storm Prediction Center

NCDC Storm Events Database

2/1992 Storm Data Publication

newspapers.com

Grazulis, Thomas P. (1993). Significant Tornadoes Update 1992-1995. St. Johnsbury, VT: The Tornado Project of Environmental Films. Page 1329.