Storms rip through Michiana

By: NewsCenter16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter16 Staff Email

A summer storm ripped through Michiana on Monday night with powerful winds that caught many by surprise. Now residents are trying to pick up the pieces.

Wind gusts of 67 mph were recorded in South Bend which caused damage across the area.

Midwest Energy Cooperative is reporting about 6,000 homes have lost power.

Areas with the most damage include Dowagiac, Cassopolis and Three Rivers.

The winds caused a massive tree to crack at its base and come tumbling down onto a St. Joe roadway. It fell over both lanes of Lilac Rd. just north of the Cleveland Rd. intersection.

But just 15 minutes after it fell, a car heading south drove full speed into the downed tree.
The woman behind the wheel told police she didn’t see it blocking her path.

She was taken to the hospital with a possible broken wrist.

South Bend firefighters called her “very lucky” to have only suffered minor injuries in the crash.

Over in Granger, another driver narrowly escaped injury after a large branch snapped off a tree and ended on top of her car.

The woman was turning left from Norwich Dr. onto Grand Oaks Court near Knollwood Country Club when the branch fell onto the hood of her vehicle.

Thankfully, it didn’t break through the windshield and she walked away without a scratch.

There were also other trees down in the area.

A large tree fell into the road on Inwood near Ironwood, but it barely missed John Meek’s home.

Large tree limbs also closed North Shore Dr. west of Michigan St. near downtown South Bend.

Many power lines are down across Michiana. A few between Grape and Main on Cleveland Rd. were on fire and smoking, shutting the road down in both directions.

NewsCenter 16 will continue to update you on the pickup from the storm.

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