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Swikar Patel | The Journal Gazette
A fallen tree lies on top of a car Friday evening near the intersection of Wayne and Ewing in downtown Fort Wayne.

Storm damage reported

Courtesy photo | DID
Shot on Wayne Street near the Allen County Public Library in downtown Fort Wayne.

These storm damage reports have been received from Friday afternoon's thunderstorms:

  • In Winona Lake, the wind blew approximately 65 to 70 mph for about 7 minutes, a trained spotter reported to the National Weather Service. Multiple trees are down, and multiple tree limbs are down.
  • In Columbia City, the roof was blown off a fire station and a radio tower was blown down in the same location, an emergency manager told the weather service. There were two reports from amateur radio to the weather service of radio towers down -- the top 40 feet of a 100-foot radio tower, and a separate report of the top two sections of a 160-foot tower. Two house fires started as a result of power lines down, according to a call center report to the weather service. Pea-sized hail fell, and a 64 mph wind gust uprooted a large tree.
  • In Van Wert County, Ohio, hundreds of trees are down, an emergency manager reported to the weather service. The manager reported widespread power outages with roofs off many homes, and cars and trees flipped over.
  • Near Andrews, trees were down on Division Road and on Huntington County Road 300 West near 1100 North, an emergency manager reported to the weather service.
  • In Fort Wayne, a 91 mph gust was measured at Fort Wayne International Airport, the weather service said. Fort Wayne police confirmed power lines were down across Clinton Street at Parnell with power out.
  • Elsewhere in Fort Wayne, a light pole is down at Lake Avenue and Tecumseh Street, at D.O. McComb & Sons Funeral Home, a Journal Gazette reporter said. The tree fell across Lake and into the funeral home, and brought down a street light in the process.
  • More Fort Wayne: On Covington Reserve Parkway, lightning struck the top of a tree, sending it down onto the roof of a home, a Journal Gazette reporter said. Along Theime Drive, between Main Street and Washington Boulevard, at least a half-dozen large trees fell onto homes.
  • More Fort Wayne: Traffic lights are out from Interstate 469 to Coliseum Boulevard along Stellhorn Road and Crescent Avenue, a reporter said. Trees have fallen into houses and on the road on Stellhorn between Reed Road and the interstate. A tree is in the road at Holy Cross Lutheran School on Crescent, blocking the southbound lanes.
  • In Fort Wayne, a tree blocked Broadway south of Jefferson Boulevard, and power lines and a power pole blocked the street south of Taylor, a Journal Gazette reporter found. Another reporter said lights are out in at least some businesses at Chapel Ridge. A tree was blocking all lanes of Crescent Avenue near Lake Avenue. A caller reported a tree uprooted near Indian Village and Manito boulevards.
  • Also in Fort Wayne, a tree was down blocking Fulton Street at West Washington Bouelvard, a Journal Gazette reporter said. A tree was down by First Presbyterian Church, blocking Wayne Street.
  • Indiana's NewsCenter was knocked off the air. It returned later in the day.

  • Five miles northeast of Fort Wayne, a trained spotter reported siding blown off houses, large oak-tree limbs down and pea-sized hail.

  • Near Bluffton, trees were down after a 58 mph wind gust, a trained spotter told the weather service. On Morgan Street, mature trees tipped over, pulling up the sidewalks with their roots, according to an emailed report to The Journal Gazette. Some segments of the sidewalk were at a 45-degree angle, it said.
  • In Paulding, Ohio, an 84 mph gust was measured, an emergency manager reported to the weather service.
  • Near Syracuse, a 2-foot-diameter oak tree fell on a house on North Ogden Point Road, a trained spotter told the weather service.
  • In Delphos, Ohio, an 80-foot pine tree snapped 20 feet up at the corner of 7th and Main streets, a trained spotter told the weather service.
  • Near Nine Mile, 30 trees, many close to 2 feet in diameter, are down in a single park, a trained spotter told the weather service. Three of the trees fell on cars, the report said.
  • In Decatur, trees were down, trucks were blown over, roofs were blown off and small fires started, an emergency manager reported. The report described massive damage throughout northern Adams County and intermittent damage throughout the county.
  • In Collins, multiple trees were down along Indiana 205 in Whitley County, a weather service employee reported. Healthy trees up to 5 feet in diameter were snapped at the base, the report said.
  • Near Leesburg, two large, healthy trees are down, a weather service employee reported.
  • In Kendallville, a trained spotter reported a wind gust of 50 mph and half-inch-sized hail.
  • Near New Haven, a trained spotter reported a 60 mph wind gust.
  • In Pleasant Mills, 1-inch hail fell, according to an amateur radio report to the weather service.
  • In Monroeville, a trained spotter reported widespread tree damage and no power in town.
  • In LaOtto, a large tree across Indiana 205 has closed the road, according to an amateur radio report to the weather service.
  • A 63 mph wind gust was reported in DeKalb County.
  • Trees are down near Grabill, a trained spotter told the weather service.
  • Near Antwerp, Ohio, a 76 mph wind gust was measured, the weather service said. It said a trained spotter reported "widespread" large trees are down and there is possible structural damage in town.
  • Near Defiance, Ohio, an emergency manager reported a second-story of a home collapsed and a barn blew down.
  • Near Convoy, Ohio, separate 59 mph and 64 mph wind gusts were measured.

Power outages

As of 7:30 p.m., Indiana Michigan Power reported 73,000 customers were without power in northeast Indiana, including 66,000 in Allen County.

Other outages were reported in Adams, DeKalb, Noble, Huntington, Wells and Whitley counties, the utility said on its website.

Since I&M has about 24,000 customers out of service in the Muncie and South Bend areas and in Michigan, the outages represent at least 16 percent of its 582,000 customers in Indiana and Michigan.

VA hospital on limited power

VA Northern Indiana Health Care System is currently on limited power, and asks all veteran patients with medical emergencies to go to St. Joseph or Parkview hospitals for treatment.

Veteran patients located outside Fort Wayne are asked to go to the nearest community hospital for treatment, the health care system said in a statement.

"At this time there is no indication as to the timeframe of the power outage," the statement said. "Notification will be provided when power is returned to full capacity."

Headwaters Park

From Geoff Paddock, executive director of the Headwaters Park Alliance:

"Due to this afternoon's storm, there has been significant damage to Headwaters Park in downtown Fort Wayne.... "(A)s many as 30 trees have been damaged or destroyed due to high winds. In addition, toppled trees have uprooted sidewalks and damaged fences in the grassy areas of the park. Debris and tree limbs are scattered throughout the park and west parking lot. Cleanup, which has already begun, will take days, perhaps weeks. However, this should not affect any festival activities, particularly the upcoming Three Rivers Festival, scheduled to begin on July 13.

"There appears to be no damage to either the Lincoln Financial Pavilion on the east side of Headwaters Park or the Madge Rothschild Pavilion, located on the west side of the park. Both pavilions will be hosting events this weekend. The Lincoln Pavilion will host a Latino Festival, scheduled for Sunday, July 1. The Make a Wish Foundation will host a fundraising walk at the Rothschild Pavilion tomorrow, June 30."

INDOT crews at work

The Indiana Department of Transportation said it has nearly all its crews out to remove trees down on Indiana, U.S. and interstate roadways in numerous counties.

For intersections where the signals are no longer working, "we are asking that motorists treat them as four-way stops," INDOT said in a statement.

"Tell motorists that if they must go out on the roadways that roads are littered with debris of various types and please drive with great caution."

At Backwaters Lake

A car drove into Backwaters Lake near North Webster during the storm, Indiana conservation officers said today.

A 58-year-old North Webster woman left Backwater Road, drove into the public-access boat ramp parking lot and circled around into the lake, conservation officers said in a statement.

The driver rolled down the window, crawled out and swam to shore, the statement said. A diver later hooked the vehicle, which was pulled out of the lake by a wrecker service.

Strong winds, rain and hail created low visibility at the time of the accident, the statement said.

From Downtown Fort Wayne: Another tree photo

Downtown Fort Wayne has posted a photo of a massive downed tree on Facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/downtownfortwayne

At the southwest Fort Wayne Kroger

Dozens of shoppers and employees were plunged into darkness at the Kroger store on U.S. 24 near Interstate 69 when the power went off about 2:45 p.m.

At first, shoppers continued to fill their carts using available sunlight streaming in the windows at the front of the store. Some shoppers were also using flashlight applications on their cell phones in the back of the store.

The checkouts were not working, so shoppers stood with their carts, waiting for the power to come back on. The sky visible through the winders became increasingly darker, and high winds were buffeting the light poles in the parking lot.

One employee said she was leaving because it was the end of her shift. A manager told her that no one was allowed to leave the store because there was a tornado coming.

About a dozen shoppers and employees stood in the entrance and watched as winds gusted outside. Vince Hardin, a deli employee, was checking his cellphone for weather advisories. In the seven years he's worked at Kroger the power has gone out a few times, but this was the worst weather he's ever seen.

Shopper Derek Ross, 15-year Army veteran, was talking to his wife on his cellphone and was mentioning that he had left his car windows down when he entered the store 15 minutes earlier. His wife works at the VA hospital emergency room, where power was also out.

Despite the general concern most shoppers had about the weather, Denny and Sally Feasby were more concerned about being allowed to buy some steaks they found on sale.

"I'm not moving until I get my ribeyes," Denny Feasby said.

Sally Feasby said the the steak that normally sells for $25 was ringing up as $12.

"Shows how shallow I am, right?" she said.

-- Sherry Slater, The Journal Gazette

At the downtown Fort Wayne post office

When the tornado warning came in, the postmaster allowed the customers into the back sorting area, where there are no windows.

-- Tom Meares, The Journal Gazette

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