Thousands left without power after severe thunderstorms blow through Michiana

(Photo supplied/Indiana Michigan Power)

More than 11,000 Indiana Michigan Power customers, mainly in South Bend and St. Joseph County, were left without electricity after a line of severe thunderstorms blew through Michiana on Saturday, May 23.

Severe Thunderstorm Warnings were issued for portions of LaPorte, St. Joseph and Elkhart Counties in the 7 – 9 p.m. hours.

The line of storms boasted wind speeds around 60 m.p.h. and dumped heavy rain on the area.

Structure damage, downed trees and tree limbs were reported.

A second line of storms that resulted in Severe Thunderstorm Warnings in LaPorte and Starke counties moved through Michiana during the 9 p.m. – 11 p.m. hours. That line of storms also boasts winds topping 60 m.p.h.

The National Weather Service also issued a Tornado Watch for several northwest Indiana counties, including Cass, Fulton, LaPorte, Marshall, Miami, Pulaski, St. Joseph, Starke and White. Berrien County in Michigan was also under the Tornado Watch which was in effect until 10 p.m.

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