Report: Warnings didn't convey Fort Wayne storm's power

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An internal review by the National Weather Service says the agency's warnings about a severe June thunderstorm that toppled trees across Fort Wayne failed to communicate the dangers posed by that rare storm.

A weather service report says the agency did a good job of issuing warnings about the storm that raked the northeastern Indiana city with winds up to 90 mph.

But the report found that unlike other recent severe storms, the June 29 storm that cut power to more than 118,000 people for days "was not forecast well in advance."

Meteorologist Mike Lewis tells The Journal Gazette that while forecasts mentioned that the approaching storm was packing dangerous winds, the details of those 90 to 100 mph winds weren't communicated to residents in its path.

The storm cost Fort Wayne about $2 million in clean-up that took well over a month. That doesn't include $600,000 in damage to city buildings and vehicles. Contractors were brought in to remove storm debris from city streets and thousands of trees were damaged or destroyed.

A second round of storms a week later caused more damage.

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