Update: It was a small tornado that impacted South Bend Wednesday night.
Preliminary Survey from South Bend area: EF-0 Tornado embedded in broader area of straight line winds: https://t.co/fzkKEFWk44
— NWS Northern Indiana (@NWSIWX) October 13, 2016
The National Weather Service is investigating what caused heavy damage and power outages from South Bend to Osceola Wednesday night.
It’s sending a damage survey team to the area Thursday to determine whether it was a straight line wind, down-burst, mirco-burst or a small tornado, according to ABC 57.
The storm knocked down trees near Adam’s High School in South Bend around 6:45 p.m. Wednesday. Power lines were also toppled in that area. Also, close to an inch or more of rain fell with the storm, which likely points to a micro-burst as the culprit for the damage.
Big tree uprooted near the St. Joseph River, fell across Northside Blvd. pic.twitter.com/xeFCYwar33
— Sara Rivest ABC 57 (@SaraRivestABC57) October 13, 2016
As of 4 a.m. Thursday, Indiana Michigan Power reported about 575 customers without power stretching from LaPorte County through Elkhart County. All of the outages were isolated in nature, along with about 40 in the Michigan service area.
At its peak, about 2,300 I&M customers were without power, with almost 2,100 of them in the east side of South Bend. The overwhelming majority of them have had power restored.