WINONA LAKE, Ind.
(AP) — Two people were killed when trees fell on homes as severe storms
swept through Indiana early Tuesday, leaving thousands of customers
without electricity and forcing some schools to cancel summer classes.
Weather Service reported a wind gust of 68 mph was reported at 12:43 a.m.
Tuesday at South Bend Regional Airport and gusts of 66 mph were reported
early Tuesday at Tri-State Steuben County Airport in Angola and at Grissom
Air Reserve Base in Peru. Those high winds causing some areas to sound
tornado sirens near midnight, alerting people about the dangerous second
service sent teams out to determine if a tornado touched down, but initial
reports indicated that the damage was done by straight-line winds.
Coroner Michael Wilson says 14-year-old Daniel Holbrook died in Winona
Lake. The Winona Lake Police Department reports he was killed when a large
tree fell on part of a mobile home in that town about 40 miles northwest
of Fort Wayne about 1:20 a.m. Tuesday. One other person at the home
suffered minor injuries and two others were not hurt.
Coroner Jeff Helmuth says 64-year-old Larry Davisson of Wolcottville died
of blunt force trauma after a tree fell on his home at Big Long Lake,
about 35 miles north of Fort Wayne, about 2 a.m. Tuesday.
worked Tuesday to restore power to homes and businesses across northern
and central Indiana that lost power. At the height of the outages, more
than 153,000 were without power. Northern Indiana Public Service Co. said
it will take several days to restore power to some areas because of the
extensive damage, including more than 100 broken distribution poles.
University South Bend, Purdue University College of Technology at South
Bend and Ivy Tech Northeast in Fort Wayne were closed because of power
outages. Some school districts also canceled summer classes because of the
The South Bend
Tribune reported Potawatomi Park, and Potawatomi Zoo were expected to
remain closed until at least Wednesday as crews worked to clear numerous
downed trees from the area.
U.S. 30 westbound
in Merrillville was closed for more than seven hours Tuesday because
traffic signals that fell into the intersection, The Times of Munster
the Porter County sheriff's department, damaging computers that serve the
county's central dispatch system and the jail, Sgt. Larry LaFlower, the
department's public information officer, told the Post-Tribune of