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Updated 3/26/2016 400 am EDT


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Severe storms moved across northwest Indiana and southwest Michigan during the afternoon of March 24th, 2016. Three EF-0 tornadoes were confirmed. Two were near Hanna, IN and one was in Edwardsburg, MI. There was also straight-line wind damage from North Liberty to South Bend.


In coordination with Cass County Emergency Management, a storm survey was conducted in the areas hardest hit by the storm. The worst damage occurred in Edwardsburg where there was significant damage to a barn, part of a church roof was removed, and several trees were uprooted. There was also video taken near the intersection of US-12 and Sundance Rd that showed debris being lofted with notable rotation.

A storm survey was also completed in LaPorte County. One tornado touched down 2.5 miles southeast of South Wanatah, IN where a barn suffered significant damage. Another tornado formed 3 miles northeast of Hanna causing extensive damage to trees and powerlines. There was also some straight-line wind damage to a farm southeast of this tornado.

Additional straight-line wind damage occurred from North Liberty to South Bend. Numerous trees were uprooted with several downed powerlines and some structural damage to roofs. The damage was consistent with straight-line winds of 60-70 mph.

An overview of the damage reports is below: