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November 17, 2013

Elkhart County avoids major storm damage

GOSHEN — The car wasn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

Late Sunday afternoon, Mike Truex stood in front of his home at 628 S. Sixth St. He looked at what was visible of a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. He saw the tree and limbs that had been blown on top of it.

“My son saw it. I heard it,” Truex said of the damage from the storm that hit Goshen around 3:30 p.m. Sunday. “He was out on the front porch just before it came down, and as soon as he came in, the tree came down.”

The fortunate thing, according to Truex, is that nobody got hurt.

“Belongings can be replaced,” he said.

The quick-hitting storm Sunday was part of a long line of storms that raked the Midwest throughout the day. In Elkhart County the main casualty was powerlines.

Northern Indiana Public Service Co. personnel were reporting “significant outages” as of 8 p.m. Sunday, with a total 41,950 customers affected. Local communities impacted included Goshen, 298 NIPSCO customers without power; Cromwell, 2,005; Syracuse, 1,449; Ligonier, 720; Milford, 100; Wakarusa, 270; Leesburg, 234; New Paris, 28; and Bristol, 35.

While Elkhart County seemed to escape the worst of the storm, other Indiana communities weren’t so lucky.

Gov. Mike Pence said 12 counties reported either tornadoes or damage after the initial line of storms had traveled midway across Indiana. Pence told The Associated Press he plans to visit the hardest-hit communities of Kokomo, Lafayette and Washington on Monday. All three suffered significant property damage, and several injuries were reported in Kokomo.

Pence says it’s too soon to say whether the state will seek disaster assistance.

The governor praised the work of emergency responders, community leaders and residents who heeded warnings throughout the fast-moving storms.

Pence says he’s grateful no one died in Indiana and that his heart goes out to storm victims in Illinois.

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