Storms bring down trees, power lines around Michiana

A tree is uprooted along Yellow Creek Lake. Photo courtesy: Tina Miller.

A tree is uprooted along Yellow Creek Lake. Photo courtesy: Tina Miller.

Summer storms blew through Michiana Friday evening, bringing heavy rain and, at times, damaging winds to parts of our area.

The buzzing of chainsaws could be heard in southwest St. Joseph County, as crews worked to clear the mess mother nature left behind.

High wind gusts caused two trees to split in half and come tumbling down onto SR23 near Crumstown Highway, about four miles north of North Liberty.

They brought power lines down with them, prompting police to shut down part of the road for more than half-an-hour.

Despite the closure, one man drove straight into the fallen trees. He was apparently unaware of the debris blocking his path.

Neighbors helped him get out of his car safely and he walked away uninjured.

While the storm damage was minimal across most of Michiana, Kosciusko County took the brunt of today's severe weather.

The Silver Lake and North Webster areas were hit the hardest, causing widespread flooding and taking down trees and power lines.

Around 4:30 p.m., the tornado siren sounded in downtown Warsaw. Thankfully, the National Weather Service reported that nothing touched down.

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