Storm Damage Survey Team Dispatched to Elkhart Countyby Amy Wenger on July 1, 2014
The National Weather Service bureau in North Webster, Indiana has announced that a storm damage survey team has been dispatched to several regions in Elkhart County, in an effort to assess widespread destruction caused by the severe weather outbreak that took place in the early morning hours of Tuesday, July 1.
A number of homes, farms, and businesses in rural Wakarusa, rural Nappanee, and the Goshen area experienced significant damage, resulting in long bouts without power and an equally long day of clearing away debris. Reports from local residents ranged from portions of walls and roofs being blown away, crops pressed flat in the fields, and trees uprooted and falling on homes and cars. Several weather spotters and eyewitnesses near the Wakarusa area expressed concern about a tornado that may have touched down near the intersection of State Road 19 and State Road 119.
Virtually every county in northern Indiana was under a tornado warning at various times throughout the event, as indicated by Doppler radar, from a time span extending approximately 90 minutes, beginning just after midnight until around 1:30 a.m. Tornado sirens were activated in Nappanee, but not in Wakarusa.
No reports of serious injuries have been received in the affected areas, although several media outlets have reported on two weather-related deaths just beyond our immediate region. One took place in the community of Winona Lake, where a tree fell on a mobile home and killed a 14-year old boy. Another reported death was in rural LaGrange County, where a massive tree fell on a residence, killing the 90-year old homeowner.
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