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Slight risk of severe storms tomorrow

Day 2 convective outlook map
Yellow area: Slight risk (15% probability) of severe storms between 8 a.m. EDT Sat. (July 12) and 8 a.m. EDT Sun. Green: Non-severe thunderstorms. Unshaded: No thunder. Highlighted counties: Northern Indiana NWS county warning area. Source: SPC “Day 2 Convective Outlook” issued at 2:10 a.m. EDT July 11.

The northern third of Indiana, including Fort Wayne, has a slight risk of severe storms between 8 a.m. EDT tomorrow (July 12) and 8 a.m. EDT Sunday, according to a “Day 2 Convective Outlook” that the National Weather Service (NWS) Storm Prediction Center (SPC) issued at 2:10 a.m.

People planning to attend outdoor events of the Fort Wayne Three Rivers Festival tomorrow should assure that they have a way to know about any weather warnings the NWS might issue tomorrow.  Possibilities include carrying a portable weather alert radio, installing a weather alert app on a smartphone and listening to a local radio station.

The timing of storms remains uncertain but the current outlook seems to indicate they are most likely Saturday night into early Sunday.

In addition to Fort Wayne, the slight risk area includes all of IMO SKYWARN quadrant two, except for the Ohio counties of Allen and Putnam and the southeastern half of Jay County, Indiana.

The SPC will issue an updated outlook for tomorrow by 1:30 p.m. EDT today. By 2 a.m. EDT tomorrow, an outlook for tomorrow will include probabilities of tornadoes, damaging thunderstorm winds and large hail.

Lessons in Emergency Social Media Communications from the National Weather Service

Screen shot of NWS tweet: The worst decision you could make today is to ignore a severe/tornado warning. These storms will be nasty

47 of the top 50 tweets sent by federal government Twitter accounts yesterday (Nov. 18) were warnings from various National Weather Service (NWS) offices on the severe weather impacting the Midwest. …
There are two quick lessons we can take from NWS’s tweets yesterday.

Read more on the Measured Voice blog.

Decatur, Indiana: Severe thunderstorm leads to … gas main break?

Scene photo from WANE TV
WANE-TV photo

“If it’s not one thing, it’s another.”

Reports indicate that electric utility crews in Decatur, Indiana were digging a hole to plant a pole to replace one broken by Sunday’s storm when … they hit a 4-inch gas main.

According to this report from WANE-TV, the gas leak forced Decatur officials to close U.S. 27 (the city’s main thoroughfare) and evacuate about 50 homes.

As if storm damage and power outages weren’t enough!

Tornadoes confirmed in White, Cass, Miami and Kosciusko Counties of Indiana

From the northern Indiana office of the National Weather Service:

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORTHERN INDIANA
915 PM EST MON NOV 18 2013 /815 PM CST MON NOV 18 2013/

...EF1 TORNADO CONFIRMED IN WHITE COUNTY IN...
...2 EF0 TORNADOES CONFIRMED IN CASS COUNTY IN...
...EF1 TORNADO CONFIRMED IN MIAMI COUNTY IN...
...EF2 TORNADO CONFIRMED IN KOSIUSKO IN...

ALL INFORMATION IS CONSIDERED PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

A LINE OF THUNDERSTORMS TRACKED EAST ACROSS NORTHERN INDIANA SUNDAY
AFTERNOON NOVEMBER 17. WIDESPREAD WIND DAMAGE WAS REPORTED ACROSS
MUCH OF THE AREA. NWS DAMAGE SURVEY TEAMS TRAVELED ACROSS THE REGION
TO SURVEY AREAS OF EXTENSIVE DAMAGE. THE RESULTS OF SOME OF THE
SURVEYS ARE BELOW.

...TORNADO /WHITE COUNTY IN/...

RATING: EF-1
MAXIMUM ESTIMATED WIND SPEED: 90 MPH
MAXIMUM ESTIMATED PATH WIDTH: 75 YARDS
PATH LENGTH: 0.6 MILES
START TIME: ESTIMATED AROUND 307PM EST
END TIME: ESTIMATED AROUND 308PM EST
LOCATION: NE PORTION OF WHITE COUNTY. 1400N BETWEEN 400N AND 500N
DESCRIPTION: THE TORNADO PATH WILL BE POSTED TO OUR
WEBPAGE...FACEBOOK PAGE...AND TWITTER PROFILE SOMETIME TOMORROW.


...TORNADO /CASS COUNTY IN/...

RATING: EF-0
MAXIMUM ESTIMATED WIND SPEED: 80 MPH
MAXIMUM ESTIMATED PATH WIDTH: 100 YARDS
PATH LENGTH: 0.9 MILES
START TIME: ESTIMATED AROUND 320 PM EST
END TIME: ESTIMATED AROUND 322 PM EST
LOCATION: 2 MILES SW OF LOGANSPORT TO 1 MILE SOUTH OF LOGANSPORT
DESCRIPTION: THE TORNADO PATH WILL BE POSTED TO OUR
WEBPAGE...FACEBOOK PAGE...AND TWITTER PROFILE SOMETIME TOMORROW.

...TORNADO /CASS COUNTY IN/...

RATING: EF-0
MAXIMUM ESTIMATED WIND SPEED: 80 MPH
MAXIMUM ESTIMATED PATH WIDTH: 200 YARDS
PATH LENGTH: 1.6 MILES
START TIME: ESTIMATED AROUND 319 PM EST
END TIME: ESTIMATED AROUND 321 PM EST
LOCATION: 0.75 MILES NORTH OF YOUNG AMERICAN TO 2 MILES NORTHEAST OF
YOUNG AMERICA
DESCRIPTION: THE TORNADO PATH WILL BE POSTED TO OUR
WEBPAGE...FACEBOOK PAGE...AND TWITTER PROFILE SOMETIME TOMORROW.

...TORNADO /MIAMI COUNTY IN/...

RATING: EF-1
MAXIMUM ESTIMATED WIND SPEED: 110 MPH
MAXIMUM ESTIMATED PATH WIDTH: 75 YARDS
PATH LENGTH: 1.8 MILES
START TIME: ESTIMATED AROUND 332 PM EST
END TIME: ESTIMATED AROUND 333 PM EST
LOCATION: 2.5 MILES NORTHEAST OF GRISSOM AFB TO 5 MILES NORTHEAST OF
GRISSOM AFB
DESCRIPTION: THE TORNADO PATH WILL BE POSTED TO OUR
WEBPAGE...FACEBOOK PAGE...AND TWITTER PROFILE SOMETIME TOMORROW.

...TORNADO /KOSCIUSKO COUNTY IN/...

RATING: EF-2
MAXIMUM ESTIMATED WIND SPEED: 125 MPH
MAXIMUM ESTIMATED PATH WIDTH: 150 YARDS
PATH LENGTH: 4.0 MILES
START TIME: ESTIMATED AROUND 343 PM EST
END TIME: ESTIMATED AROUND 348 PM EST
LOCATION: 2.5 SOUTH OF SILVER LAKE TO 3 MILES EAST OF SILVER LAKE
DESCRIPTION: THE TORNADO PATH WILL BE POSTED TO OUR
WEBPAGE...FACEBOOK PAGE...AND TWITTER PROFILE SOMETIME TOMORROW.

Tornadoes confirmed in Van Wert, Paulding and Putnam Counties, Ohio

From the northern Indiana office of the National Weather Service:

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORTHERN INDIANA
910 PM EST MON NOV 18 2013 /810 PM CST MON NOV 18 2013/

...EF1 TORNADO CONFIRMED IN VAN WERT COUNTY...
...EF2 TORNADO CONFIRMED IN PUTNAM COUNTY...

ALL INFORMATION IS CONSIDERED PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

A LINE OF THUNDERSTORMS TRACKED EAST ACROSS NORTHERN INDIANA SUNDAY
AFTERNOON NOVEMBER 17. WIDESPREAD WIND DAMAGE WAS REPORTED ACROSS
MUCH OF THE AREA. NWS DAMAGE SURVEY TEAMS TRAVELED ACROSS THE REGION
TO SURVEY AREAS OF EXTENSIVE DAMAGE. THE RESULTS OF SOME OF THE
SURVEYS ARE BELOW.

...TORNADO /VAN WERT COUNTY OH/...

RATING: EF-1
MAXIMUM ESTIMATED WIND SPEED: 100 MPH
MAXIMUM ESTIMATED PATH WIDTH: 150 YARDS
PATH LENGTH: APPROX. 2 MILES
START TIME: ESTIMATED AROUND 447 PM EST
END TIME: ESTIMATED AROUND 449 PM EST
LOCATION: TOUCHDOWN OCCURRED ABOUT 0.3 MILES SOUTH OF ELM SUGAR
ROAD AND DONER ROAD INTERSECTION AND LIFTED JUST SOUTH OF THE
PAULDING COUNTY/VAN WERT COUNTY LINE TO THE NORTHWEST OF THE
INTERSECTION OF CONVERSE ROSELM AND KIDNER ROADS.
DESCRIPTION: THE TORNADO PATH WILL BE POSTED TO OUR
WEBPAGE...FACEBOOK PAGE...AND TWITTER PROFILE ON TUESDAY.

...TORNADO /PAULDING COUNTY OH AND PUTNAM COUNTY OH/...

RATING: EF-2
PATH LENGTH: 8 MILES
MAXIMUM ESTIMATED WIND SPEED: 130 MPH
MAXIMUM ESTIMATED PATH WIDTH: 440 YARDS
START TIME: ESTIMATED AROUND 451 PM EST
END TIME: ESTIMATED AROUND 459 PM EST
LOCATION: TOUCHDOWN OCCURRED ABOUT 0.25 MILES SOUTH OF THE
INTERSECTION OF ROUTE 66 AND COUNTY LINE ROAD IN SOUTHEAST PAULDING
COUNTY AND LIFTED ABOUT 5 MILES NORTHEAST OF CLOVERDALE IN WEST
CENTRAL PUTNAM COUNTY.
DESCRIPTION: THE TORNADO PATH WILL BE POSTED TO OUR
WEBPAGE...FACEBOOK PAGE...AND TWITTER PROFILE ON TUESDAY.

Tornadoes confirmed in Pulaski Couty, Ind. and Cass County, Mich.

This just in from the northern Indiana office of the National Weather Service:

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORTHERN INDIANA
811 PM EST MON NOV 18 2013 /711 PM CST MON NOV 18 2013/

...EF1 TORNADO CONFIRMED IN PULASKI COUNTY...
...EF1 TORNADO CONFIRMED IN CASS COUNTY MICHIGAN...

ALL INFORMATION IS CONSIDERED PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

A LINE OF THUNDERSTORMS TRACKED EAST ACROSS NORTHERN INDIANA SUNDAY
AFTERNOON NOVEMBER 17. WIND DAMAGE WAS REPORTED ACROSS MUCH OF THE
AREA WITH STRAIGHT LINE WINDS AS HIGH AS 85 MPH. A NWS DAMAGE SURVEY
TEAM TRAVELED ACROSS THE REGION TO SURVEY AREAS OF EXTENSIVE DAMAGE.
THE RESULTS OF THE SURVEY ARE BELOW.

...TORNADO /PULASKI COUNTY/...

RATING: EF-1
MAXIMUM ESTIMATED WIND SPEED: 110 MPH
MAXIMUM ESTIMATED PATH WIDTH: 100 YARDS
PATH LENGTH: ROUGHLY 13 MILES
START TIME: ESTIMATED AROUND 303PM EST
END TIME: ESTIMATED AROUND 313PM EST
LOCATION: TOUCHDOWN OCCURED JUST SOUTHWEST OF US 421 AND DELAWARE
STREET IN MEDARYVILLE AND LIFTED ROUGHLY 2.5 MILES NE OF
DENHAM
DESCRIPTION: THE TORNADO PATH WILL BE POSTED TO OUR
WEBPAGE...FACEBOOK PAGE...AND TWITTER PROFILE SOMETIME TOMORROW.

...TORNADO /CASS COUNTY MI/...

RATING: EF-1
PATH LENGTH: JUST UNDER ONE HALF MILE
MAXIMUM ESTIMATED WIND SPEED: 110 MPH
MAXIMUM ESTIMATED PATH WIDTH: 50 YARDS
START TIME: ESTIMATED AROUND 327PM EST
END TIME: ESTIMATED AROUND 329PM EST
LOCATION: TOUCHDOWN OCCURRED JUST EAST OF A HIGH SCHOOL IN
CASSOPOLIS AND LIFTED OVER A GOLF COURSE JUST NORTH OF THE HIGH
SCHOOL
DESCRIPTION: THE TORNADO PATH WILL BE POSTED TO OUR
WEBPAGE...FACEBOOK PAGE...AND TWITTER PROFILE SOMETIME TOMORROW.

Update: Red Cross to open shelter in SE Fort Wayne

Red Cross disaster services logo

This just in from the American Red Cross Facebook Page:

For those affected by yesterday’s storms and without power, we are opening a shelter at Bethlehem Lutheran, 3705 S. Anthony. The shelter will open tonight at 7:30 p.m. Please bring any medications, personal hygiene items, a sleeping bag and pillow for comfort on the provided cots. Please share with family and friends who may not see this post.

Shelter will be important tonight for 5,400 I&M customers who might be without power until as late as midday Wednesday. The overnight weather forecast calls for a sub-freezing low temperature of 28 degrees, with wind gusts to 20 mph.

Fort Wayne area power outage might extend to noon Wednesday, Nov. 20

I&M logo

Indiana Michigan Power reported on its website at 4:45 p.m. today that parts of Fort Wayne might not have power restored until noon Wednesday. The utility reported that it has identified a large number of broken poles and other damaged equipment, leading to estimated times of restoration later in the week for some areas. More than 150 poles need to replaced throughout I&M’s service area, including about six poles along Tillman Road and dozens more in the Yoder area.

I&M reported that a full contingent of more than 600 I&M employees, many working 16 hours per day, are working to restore power. An additional 600 people from external resources are working or will soon be working on the restoration as well.

In the Fort Wayne area, 5,300 customers (down from an initial post-storm 8,400) remained without power.

EF0 Tornado Confirmed in western Grant County

This just in from the northern Indiana office of the National Weather Service:

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORTHERN INDIANA
238 PM EDT MON NOV 18 2013

...EF0 TORNADO CONFIRMED IN WESTERN GRANT COUNTY...

ALL INFORMATION IS CONSIDERED PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

A LINE OF THUNDERSTORMS TRACKED EAST ACROSS NORTHERN INDIANA SUNDAY
AFTERNOON NOVEMBER 17. WIND DAMAGE WAS REPORTED ACROSS MUCH OF THE
AREA WITH STRAIGHT LINE WINDS AS HIGH AS 85 MPH. A NWS DAMAGE SURVEY
TEAM TRAVELED TO GRANT COUNTY INDIANA TODAY TO SURVEY AN AREA OF
EXTENSIVE DAMAGE. THE RESULTS OF THE SURVEY ARE BELOW.

...TORNADO /NEAR ROSEBURG IN GRANT COUNTY/...

RATING: EF-0
PATH LENGTH: BRIEF TOUCHDOWN
TIME: ESTIMATED AROUND 3:55PM EST
LOCATION:1 QUARTER MILE WEST OF 300W/300N JUST SOUTH OF ROSEBURG.
DESCRIPTION:THE TORNADO PATH WILL BE POSTED TO OUR
WEBPAGE...FACEBOOK PAGE...AND TWITTER PROFILE BY LATER THIS
EVENING OR TOMORROW.

EF2 tornado confirmed in western Grant County

This just in from the northern Indiana office of the National Weather Service:

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORTHERN INDIANA
238 PM EDT MON NOV 18 2013

...EF2 TORNADO CONFIRMED IN WESTERN GRANT COUNTY...

ALL INFORMATION IS CONSIDERED PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

A LINE OF THUNDERSTORMS TRACKED EAST ACROSS NORTHERN INDIANA SUNDAY
AFTERNOON NOVEMBER 17. WIND DAMAGE WAS REPORTED ACROSS MUCH OF THE
AREA WITH STRAIGHT LINE WINDS AS HIGH AS 85 MPH. A NWS DAMAGE SURVEY
TEAM TRAVELED TO GRANT COUNTY INDIANA TODAY TO SURVEY AN AREA OF
EXTENSIVE DAMAGE. THE RESULTS OF THE SURVEY ARE BELOW.

...TORNADO /GRANT COUNTY/...

RATING: EF-2
PATH LENGTH: 12 MILES
PATH WIDTH: /MAXIMUM/: 0.4 MILES
TIME: ESTIMATED AROUND 3:50 PM EST
LOCATION: PATH BEGAN 2 MILES N/NW OF SWEETSER AND ENDED ABOUT 1/2
MILE SOUTH OF THE INTERSECTION OF 700N/600W JUST SOUTH OF THE
GRANT/WABASH COUNTY LINE.
DESCRIPTION: ESTIMATED 30-40 HOMES DAMAGED WITH 6 TO 10 HOMES
RECEIVING SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE. DOZENS OF VEHICLES WERE DAMAGED OR
DESTROYED.
THE TORNADO PATH WILL BE POSTED TO OUR WEBPAGE...FACEBOOK PAGE...AND
TWITTER PROFILE BY LATER THIS EVENING OR TOMORROW.