Massive storm system brings threat of severe weather to Indiana - 13 WTHR Indianapolis

Storms cause damage in northern Indiana

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Photo courtesy Amy Leininger Stuber - Lafayette rain Photo courtesy Amy Leininger Stuber - Lafayette rain
Brookston was one of many north central Indiana communities hit hard by Wednesday's storms. Brookston was one of many north central Indiana communities hit hard by Wednesday's storms.
A storm over the north split in Indianapolis Thursday morning. A storm over the north split in Indianapolis Thursday morning.
INDIANAPOLIS -

Powerful storms brought damaging winds to north central Indiana overnight, causing thousands of power outages and damage to property.

One to two inches of rain fell in several counties to the north of Indianapolis, with Kokomo seeing over three inches and Muncie receiving over two inches.

Several flood warnings are in effect Thursday. See all alerts here.

Temperatures also dropped significantly from Wednesday's muggy highs in the 90s after the storms moved through. A high of 78 is expected Thursday.

The storms were part of a large system moving through several states. They spawned possible tornadoes in Ohio and Illinois and prompted around 150 storm reports in Indiana.

In Indiana, there were 66 reports of wind damage with wind gusts up to 80 mph. At one point, Duke Energy reported over 7,000 customers without power. See Duke updates here.

Indiana Michigan Power reported more than 2,200 Indiana customers without power. Most of those customers were in Allen and St. Joseph counties.  In the WTHR viewing area, 111 customers were in the dark in Blackford County, 112 in Grant, and 158 in Delaware County.

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.

Storm reports

A semi overturned in Warren (Huntington County) at around 3:17 am on I-69.

A three-foot-diameter tree branch fell onto the roof of a home in Rochester. In Fowler, a homeowner reported siding damage and a trained spotter reported a wind gust from 70to 80 mph near Grissom Air Force Base. Several trees came down in Wabash and a large tree was blocking State Road 19 near 500 North in Denver, Miami County. That tree also brought down power lines. 

Several power lines were reported down in the area of 500 and 600 North near Macy in Miami County, and trees were reported down in Bluffton, Huntington and Rossville.

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
· Flashlight
· 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.

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