Storms cause damage in northern Indiana
Northern Indiana Public Service Co. had about 44,000 outages after the storm hit. Most of those were in northwestern Indiana's Lake County, where some 4,000 outages remained around Crown Point alone early Thursday.
LaPorte reported a 60mph wind gust near SR 39 and Highway 6, while golf ball-sized hail was reported in Winamac in Pulaski County. The hail lasted for two minutes and caused some damage to vehicles.
Griffith in Lake County reported 80mph winds and Churubusco in Whitley County had quarter-sized hail.
Wolcott reported 65 mph wind gusts; estimated 45 mph sustained for 15 minutes. Large high tension wires are down, roofs came off barns and trees are blocking roads in E. Lowell in Lake County, and a house roof was blown off in Crown Point.
Tornado warnings were issued for several counties across northern Indiana as a storm cell with radar-indicated rotation passed through Marshall, Starke and Fulton counties.
The National Weather Service website reported golf ball sized hail damaged cars in Winamac, midway between Lafayette and South Bend.
Essential supplies to gather ahead of time in case utilities are disrupted:
· Food and water for three days (includes a minimum of one gallon of water per person, per day)
· Battery operated or hand crank all hazards radio
· Extra batteries for radio and flashlight
· Special items (baby formula, insulin, medications)
For more information visit GetPrepared.IN.gov
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Scattered building damage and downed trees were reported after winds up to 60 mph and golf ball-size hail hit from Gary to Fort Wayne. The National Weather Service says about 3 inches of rain fell in Marion.