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Funnel cloud in Fort Wayne

This is a time lapse video a storm cell north of Fort Wayne, Ind., producing a funnel cloud on Wednesday, June 12, 2013.

Chad Ryan | The Journal Gazette
A funnel cloud looms Wednesday evening near Carroll Road in northern Allen County.
Massive storm blows through

Funnels, flash floods threaten region

Residents prepared as weather brings damage to the area

Widespread rain, lightning, trees and branches in the road and a couple quick-dissolving funnel clouds kicked off Wednesday night's highly anticipated storms.

With storm warnings looming early in the day Wednesday, some residents took to local stores to stock up, reminded of the flash flooding that less than two weeks ago forced some residents out of their homes.

Throughout the day, storm alerts from Allen County and the surrounding areas continued to funnel in, warning residents to be aware of changing weather conditions.

Severe thunderstorm warnings continued late into the night for Allen, Kosciusko, Noble, Whitley and DeKalb counties.

Several tornado warnings, including one for northern Allen County, were issued Wednesday night.

Huntertown Fire Department spokesman Robert Boren said his department heard reports of a small funnel cloud that broke up pretty quickly early in the night.

"Nothing touched down, but it's starting to rain again and there's some pretty intense lightning," Boren said.

About 10:30 p.m., flash flood warnings were issued for Allen, Kosciusko and Whitley counties, and Indiana Michigan Power reported more than 130 customers were without power.

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security designated northern Indiana as a "high risk" area, while most of the state remained in the moderate or slight risk designation.

At least two flights from Chicago into Fort Wayne were canceled Wednesday night, according to the Fort Wayne International Airport's website.

The strongest part of the storm spanned from Gary to Plymouth to Fort Wayne.

National Weather Service officials said golf-ball-sized hail damaged cars in Winamac between Lafayette and South Bend.

As of noon Thursday, fewer than 200 Indiana Michigan Power customers in Allen County remained without power, according to the company. It issued a statement saying power is expected to be restored to all customers by 10 p.m.

Preparation

Fear of tornadoes, damaging winds, large hail and more flash flooding led some people to home improvement stores to snatch up generators, sump pumps and other weather-related supplies.

Staci Quinonzz, store manager at Home Depot on Lima Road, said the store's stock of generators had been exhausted Wednesday, except for a few of the smallest models.

Quinonzz said more were already on the way and an emergency supply truck could be contacted if the storm left people without power.

"There hasn't been a big rush for sump pumps yet, but that's usually something people come in for later," she added.

Quinonzz said after the recent flash flooding, dehumidifiers and sump pumps were the big sellers – so much so that she had to call in an emergency truck for additional supplies.

This time, people seemed to be thinking ahead and making sure they were prepared before the storm hit, she said.

Johnathon Fillenworth, store manager at Lowe's on Coliseum Boulevard, said he saw some increase in sales, but nothing too dramatic.

"Sump pumps and generators have been the big things," he said. "We've sold a few more the past couple days."

Rest of the week

By 7 p.m. Wednesday, the National Weather Service in Syracuse reported seeing some spotty showers but expected the major part of the storm to hit later in the evening.

The same line of storms was expected to hit Fort Wayne late Wednesday, bringing several hours of heavy rain, wind and possibly some hail, meteorologist Nick Greenawalt said.

"By daybreak on Thursday, most of that should start to wrap up, and those storms and showers will start to pull out of the area," Greenawalt said.

High temperatures in the mid-70s were expected by noon or 2 p.m. today, when any chance of rain should diminish, he said.

The rest of the week is expected to remain dry and a little cooler, with temperatures hovering around 70 degrees. Saturday could be a little warmer, but temperatures are on track for this time of year, he said.

The next chance of rain is late Saturday evening into early Sunday morning, but it isn't expected to cause major problems, Greenawalt said.

jcrothers@jg.net

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

Damage report

Indiana

The roofs were blown off some buildings in northern Indiana as a storm with winds sometimes topping 60 mph swept through the state.

The National Weather Service says Wednesday night's storm caused scattered building, tree and power line damage, including reports near the cities of Wabash and Rochester.

WNDU-TV reports that the roof was ripped from an electronics manufacturing company building in Mishawaka, with the building owner saying much of its machinery has significant water damage.

The Times of Munster reports a home at Lakes of the Four Seasons in Lake County lost its roof, but no one was injured.

Weather service meteorologist Nathan Marsili said all off the northern Indiana damage appears to be from straight-line winds.

Ohio

An official with the Ohio Emergency Management Agency says straight-line winds topping 70 mph were reported overnight. More than two dozen tornado warnings were issued, but no twisters have been confirmed. No serious injuries were reported to the state.

The State Highway Patrol said several barns were damaged in Wapakoneta. The Auglaize County Sheriff's Department says trees were leveled there.

American Electric Power had more than 39,000 customers in the dark early Thursday. About 16,000 were in central Ohio's Franklin County.

Morrow County's EMA director tells The Columbus Dispatch there were two reports of possible tornado touchdowns there.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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