Two rounds of severe weather cause widespread damage, power outages

A Kosciusko County Sheriff's deputy blocks Zimmer Road near Rozella Road after a tree toppled onto the power lines, blocking the road in front of the Golf View Apartments on Thursday morning. (Photo: Nick Deranek/News Now Warsaw)

Severe thunderstorms on Wednesday afternoon and early Thursday morning caused widespread damage throughout Kosciusko County and surrounding areas.

A tree toppled over in Leesburg, blocking Van Buren Street after storms pushed through on Wednesday afternoon. (Photo: Nick Deranek/News Now Warsaw)

The storm on Wednesday pushed through the area between 12:30 and 2:00 PM, bringing wind damage to areas around Warsaw, Leesburg and Silver Lake, where numerous trees were toppled. The storm continued east into Whitley County where a trampoline was tossed into the median on US 30 near State Road 5 in Larwill, where it laid in a crumpled mess.


A crumpled trampoline sits in the median along US 30 near SR 5 in Larwill after it was blown away from a nearby property Wednesday afternoon. (Photo: Nick Deranek/News Now Warsaw)

Trees and power lines were reported down throughout Columbia City, knocking out two traffic lights along US 30 at Lincolnway and the entrance to the shopping plaza. That caused occasional backups through Columbia City in both directions.

Another storm blew through early Thursday morning between 6:00 and 8:00 AM across areas of Fulton and Kosciusko County, knocking down more trees and power lines. State Road 25 was impacted in several places after trees blocked the road just west of Palestine and coming into Warsaw.

A large tree limb fell onto a pick-up truck at a home in Palestine, crushing the cab. No one

Significant tree damage was seen in front of this home along CR 700 West in Burket Thursday morning. (Photo: Nick Deranek/News Now Warsaw)

was inside of the truck at the time. Tree limbs were scattered across Warsaw and Winona Lake. One area hard hit was neighborhoods around Country Club Road, Country Club Drive and Shady Lane where tree limbs and branches were blown about, also putting power lines across the road making the area inaccessible during the morning.

Power outages were scattered throughout the area according to Kosciusko REMC, with nearly 3,000 customers being affected during both storms. NIPSCO at one time reported 35,000 customers without power across their service area in northern Indiana on Wednesday.

According to the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, over 600 reports of wind damage were seen in multiple states between Wednesday and Thursday.

A metal shed was blown into the side of a home in Mentone following Thursday morning’s storm. (Photo: Alexi Perkins via Facebook)