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Worst storms miss Michiana area

June 12, 2013|By BOB BLAKE | South Bend Tribune

SOUTH BEND -- Despite a lot of bravado in the buildup to storms across the Michiana area on Wednesday, the storms themselves were largely anticlimatic.

A widespread, damaging derecho did not materialize as of late Wednesday. That's not to say the storms packed no punch.

A pair of buildings in downtown Mishawaka were damaged from Wednesday night's storms, according to a WSBT-TV photographer at the scene.

The station reported a brick facade fell off a building at Main and Eighth streets, while at Main and Mishawaka Avenue part of a building's roof collapsed.

There were numerous reports through the early evening of funnel clouds across the region. Funnels were reported in the Tyler Road area near the St. Joseph-Marshall county line. Others were seen southwest of LaPaz and near North Liberty.

As of Thursday morning, the National Weather Service had not confirmed any actual tornado touchdowns across north central Indiana. Forecasters were not immediately available to discuss the situation because of the ongoing severe weather threat at press time.

Reports trickling into the forecast office in Syracuse, however, demonstrated that at times the storms packed a punch.

Winds gusting to 60 mph were reported in LaPorte County -- the strongest gusts reported in Indiana -- while golf ball-sized hail was reported near Winamac in Pulaski County, according to trained spotter reports.

Around 9 a.m. Thursday, officials with Indiana Michigan Power were reporting the following outages -- 4,350 customers out in the Berrien County area, 8,200 out of power in the Van Buren County area, 288 in Cass County and 182 out in St. Joseph (Ind.) County.

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Flooding concerns

Parts of the area saw nearly three inches of rain, and that's why we were under a flash flood warning for most of the night. In this video, WSBT's Matt Rudkin talks about flooding concerns in our area:

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