UPDATE: Wednesday night storms produced several tornadoes

By: Joel Schipper Email
By: Joel Schipper Email

Throughout Wednesday night's severe weather there were lots of reports of wind damage, and we saw a lot of rotation on the radar.

The National Weather Service is confirming that there were five tornadoes that touched down Wednesday night, four struck Elkhart County. The strength of the tornadoes ranged from an EF0 to an EF1.

A National Weather Service employee confirmed a tornado touched down near the Goshen Municipal Airport, which is off of County Road 42, east of the city.

A twister came dangerously close to Parkside Elementary School, taking out trees and smashing the school's fence, blocking the street.

Crews were out quickly trying to move trees which fell over the roads.

There was heavy damage along State Road 15 near Goshen College, and on 8th Street in Goshen, where trees uprooted, cracked in half, and toppled onto houses and cars. One tree created a hole more than eight-feet deep. A Honda was completely encased in a fallen tree.

Goshen resident Angie Thieszen's backyard was landscaped by Mother Nature's 80 mph winds Wednesday night.

"Right as we were going to the basement we heard the big wind come through, and the tree went down, and we were grabbing our three kids and trekking to the basement," said Thieszen.

Thieszen's home suffered no damage, but the same can't be said for other houses on 8th street. Residents say the wind was so intense it literally pealed the roof off a garage, threw it into a tree, and snapped the power lines.

"It took 8th street and cut it into segments and there was one tree here, there's a section, and one tree here, there's another, and there's another section," said resident Sam Ruiz.

Despite all the damage, amazingly, no one was hurt.

One woman who lives in that area says she is glad she was warned ahead of the storm.

"We just heard the sirens go off. When we heard the sirens we headed for the house and got in there, opened the basement door, ready to go in the basement. The wind was blowing really hard…it's pretty bad. It's the worst storm I'd seen in quite a while."

Thousands of homes lost power in the storm. Drivers should be careful as there could be debris on the roadways.

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