Second fatality from overnight storms confirmed

An emergency manager has confirmed a second fatality from last night’s storms, according to a “Local Storm Report” issued by the National Weather Service northern Indiana office at 9:30 a.m. This incident happened in Lagrange County, at Big Long Lake, where a six- to eight-foot diameter tree fell through a house at about 1:37 a.m. A 64-year-old man in the house died.

At 1 a.m. EDT, the NWS issued a severe thunderstorm warning that included all of Lagrange County. The warning was in effect until 1:45 a.m. EDT and included the following text:

* AT 1256 AM EDT...SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE
EXTENDING FROM 11 MILES NORTH OF PAW PAW TO CASSOPOLIS TO
WAKARUSA...AND MOVING EAST AT 65 MPH.

THESE ARE VERY DANGEROUS STORMS.

HAZARD...80 MPH WIND GUSTS.

SOURCE...EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT. WIDESPREAD REPORTS OF WIND DAMAGE
IN SOUTH BEND.

IMPACT...MOBILE HOMES WILL BE HEAVILY DAMAGED. FLYING DEBRIS WILL
BE DANGEROUS TO PEOPLE AND ANIMALS. EXPECT CONSIDERABLE
DAMAGE TO ROOFS...WINDOWS AND VEHICLES. EXTENSIVE TREE
DAMAGE AND POWER OUTAGES ARE LIKELY.

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WILL BE NEAR...
GOSHEN AND BRISTOL AROUND 105 AM EDT.
WHITE PIGEON AND THREE RIVERS AROUND 110 AM EDT.
CENTREVILLE AND MILLERSBURG AROUND 115 AM EDT.
STURGIS AND LIGONIER AROUND 120 AM EDT.
COLON AND LAGRANGE AROUND 125 AM EDT.
BRONSON AND ROME CITY AROUND 130 AM EDT.

OTHER LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE HOWARDSVILLE...MOTTVILLE...
COREY LAKE...CLEAR LAKE...WATERFORD MILLS...FORAKER...MOORE PARK...
FLOWERFIELD...BENTON AND KLINGER LAKE.

Severe thunderstorm watch number 381, which had been in effect since 11:35 p.m. Monday night, included Lagrange County.

At around the same time, a fallen tree killed a 14-year-old boy in Winona Lake of Kosciusko County, as this blog reported earlier.

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