High winds drop trees & utility poles, cause sporadic structural damage

Strong, non-thunderstorm winds blew over trees and utility poles all over northern Indiana, northwestern Ohio and southern Lower Michigan yesterday. They also caused some sporadic structural damage.

The greatest structural damage reported to the northern Indiana office of the National Weather Service happened in Elkhart, where wind blew some of a steel roof off a commercial building:

A Fort Wayne resident sent WANE TV a photo of damage to the awning on her manufactured home:

Another Fort Wayne resident reported damage to his storm door:

The most pervasive damage, however, was to trees and utilities.

By 10:16 a.m., more than 6,000 of Indiana Michigan Power’s customers in Allen County, Ind. were without power. By 7 p.m., that number was down to 400.

By late afternoon, the northern Indiana NWS office issued this compilation of reports it had received. It also provided this list of the highest recorded winds in its coverage area.

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