Severe storms result in power outages, flooded streets in Michiana

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Nearly 4,000 Indiana Michigan Power customers were left without electricity after severe thunderstorms packing 50 – 60 mph winds along with heavy rain passed through Michiana.

The storm hit the South Bend/Elkhart metro areas in the 7 p.m. of Monday, Aug. 6.

The National Weather Service of Northern Indiana issued Severe Thunderstorm Warnings for St. Joseph and Elkhart Counties in Indiana and Cass County in Michigan.

Severe Thunderstorm Warnings were also issued for portions of LaPorte and Starke County, as well.

During 20 minutes of the storm, there were and estimated 1,500 lightning strikes, according to ABC 57 Chief Meteorologist Tom Coomes.

Road flooding was reported on Main Street in Mishawaka, as well as portions of Ironwood Road and State Road 23 in South Bend.

Water levels there said to be upward of 6- 8 inches deep in spots, according to 95.3 MNC’s reporting partners at ABC 57.


The National Weather Service in Northern Indiana has issued a Flood Advisory for
Northern Elkhart County in north central Indiana…
Northeastern St. Joseph County in north central Indiana…
Southern Cass County in southwestern Michigan…
Southern St. Joseph County in southwestern Michigan…

* Until 1115 PM EDT.

* At 812 PM EDT, Doppler radar indicated heavy rain due to
thunderstorms. Doppler radar estimates that between 1 and 2 inches
of rain has fallen across the advisory area, with locally higher
amounts. Additional rainfall amounts of up to 1 inch are possible
through 900 PM EDT. This will cause minor flooding in the advisory
area.

* Some locations that will experience flooding include…
South Bend, Elkhart, Mishawaka, Sturgis, Georgetown, Simonton Lake,
Granger, Dunlap, Osceola, Constantine, Bristol, White Pigeon,
Centreville, Edwardsburg, Colon, Roseland, Union, Nottawa, Fawn
River and Mottville.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

Turn around, don`t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood
deaths occur in vehicles.

A Flood Advisory means river or stream flows are elevated, or ponding
of water in urban or other areas is occurring or is imminent.

Track Indiana Michigan Power outages here.

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