May 30 marks 10 years since Central Indiana tornadoes

(WISH Photo, file)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — May 30, 2004, Central Indiana saw one of the most active tornado days on record.

It was Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, and with the Indianapolis 500 and a Pacers playoff game in town, lots of people packed into Indianapolis sports venues.

It was the weather, however, that stole the headlines.

Severe weather started that Friday afternoon, and by evening, 23 tornadoes formed across central Indiana. One was bearing down on the metro area.

A tornado that formed southwest of Indianapolis moved northeast, carving a path that would take it just several miles from both the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Bankers Life Fieldhouse, then known as Conseco Fieldhouse.

That warning cut short the Indy 500, and Pacers fans had to take cover before the start of a playoff game against the Pistons.

Fortunately neither venue was directly hit by the F-2 tornado, but numerous places saw heavy damage. In fact some places that suffered damage from a tornado in 2002, suffered damage again on May 20, 2004.

No fatalities were reported from the tornado, but there were a number of injuries, including some in a nursing home on the south side of Indianapolis. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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