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Overview

A strong storm system across southern Canada was responsible for very strong winds across the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley on Wednesday, March 8th. Numerous reports of 50 to 65 mph wind gusts were received across much of southern lower Michigan, northeast Indiana, and northwest Ohio. These strong winds lasted for approximately an 8 hour period from 10 am Wednesday morning to 6 pm Wednesday evening before diminishing. The combination of the strength and duration of these strong winds resulted in several reports of tree and power line damage across the region. Additional impacts from the high winds included instances of semi roll overs, and structural damage to a commercial building in Napoleon, OH and a school in Fort Wayne, IN.

Photos:

 

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Tree down Berrien Center, MI
Source: Otaku Computer Tech.
Blowing Dust Kosciusko County, IN
Source: Megan Dodson
Semi roll-over
Source: Law Enforcement

 

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Roof Damage Lincoln Elem. School, Ft Wayne, IN
Source: WPTA
Semi roll-over La Paz, IN
Source: ABC57
High waves at St. Joseph Lighthouse
Source: Joshua Nowicki

 

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Downed traffic signal Ft Wayne, IN
Source: WANE
Tree/car damage Elkhart, IN
Source: Ben Quiggle
Tree/car damage Mishawaka, IN
Source: ABC57

 

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Tree damage White Pigeon, MI
Source: Dan Thomas
Tree down on power lines Columbia City, IN

Radar:

Radar imagery from 530 PM EST

The effects of the strong winds across the area were evident on radar during the afternoon of March 8th. Smoke from a fire in Wabash, IN can be seen in the following radar loop being transported far downstream across Huntington and Wells counties.
Radar Image
Radar Loop

Storm Reports

PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT...SUMMARY
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORTHERN INDIANA
255 AM EST THU MAR 9 2017

..TIME...   ...EVENT...      ...CITY LOCATION...     ...LAT.LON...
..DATE...   ....MAG....      ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE....
            ..REMARKS..

1025 AM     NON-TSTM WND DMG 3 SW KLINGER LAKE       41.78N 85.59W
03/08/2017                   ST. JOSEPH         MI   TRAINED SPOTTER  

            TREE DOWN AND UPROOTED ONTO VEHICLE. TREE 
            APPEARED HEALTHY. 

1026 AM     NON-TSTM WND DMG LIGONIER                41.46N 85.59W
03/08/2017                   NOBLE              IN   EMERGENCY MNGR   

            POWER LINES DOWN ACROSS THE ROAD. 

1030 AM     NON-TSTM WND DMG 1 NW GULIVOIRE PARK     41.62N 86.25W
03/08/2017                   ST. JOSEPH         IN   BROADCAST MEDIA  

            SEMI TURNED OVER ON US 31. FROM SOCIAL 
            MEDIA. 

1033 AM     NON-TSTM WND DMG BURR OAK                41.85N 85.32W
03/08/2017                   ST. JOSEPH         MI   FIRE DEPT/RESCUE 

            TREE DOWN ONTO HOUSE. 

1053 AM     NON-TSTM WND DMG BURR OAK                41.85N 85.31W
03/08/2017                   ST. JOSEPH         MI   FIRE DEPT/RESCUE 

            POWER POLE SNAPPED AND FELL DOWN ONTO THE 
            ROAD. 

1101 AM     NON-TSTM WND DMG COLON                   41.96N 85.32W
03/08/2017                   ST. JOSEPH         MI   FIRE DEPT/RESCUE 

            POWER POLE DOWN ACROSS ROADWAY . 

1104 AM     NON-TSTM WND DMG DEFIANCE                41.28N 84.36W
03/08/2017                   DEFIANCE           OH   EMERGENCY MNGR   

            AT LEAST 1 UTILITY POLE AS WELL AS TREES 
            DOWN ONTO SEVERAL ROADWAYS. NUMEROUS POWER 
            OUTAGES REPORTED THROUGHOUT THE COUNTY. . 

1135 AM     NON-TSTM WND GST 1 NNE OTTOKEE           41.61N 84.13W
03/08/2017  M63 MPH          FULTON             OH   AWOS             

            55 KNOT WIND GUST RECORDED AT THE WAUSEON 
            AUTOMATED WEATHER STATION. SUSTAINED WINDS 
            OF 47 MPH. . 

1141 AM     NON-TSTM WND GST 2 E MONTPELIER          40.55N 85.24W
03/08/2017  E60 MPH          BLACKFORD          IN   TRAINED SPOTTER  

            ESTIMATED BY OBSERVER. 

1148 AM     NON-TSTM WND DMG WHITE PIGEON            41.80N 85.64W
03/08/2017                   ST. JOSEPH         MI   FIRE DEPT/RESCUE 

            MULTIPLE TREES AND POWER POLES DOWN IN THE 
            AREA. 

1210 PM     NON-TSTM WND DMG 2 S KEYSTONE            40.57N 85.25W
03/08/2017                   WELLS              IN   TRAINED SPOTTER  

            DAMAGE TO TRAILER AND A TREE IS UPROOTED AND 
            LANDED ON A POWER LINE. 

1215 PM     NON-TSTM WND DMG NAPOLEON                41.39N 84.13W
03/08/2017                   HENRY              OH   EMERGENCY MNGR   

            LARGE PINE TREE DOWN ACROSS INTERSECTION. 

1218 PM     NON-TSTM WND GST COLUMBUS GROVE          40.92N 84.06W
03/08/2017  E55 MPH          PUTNAM             OH   TRAINED SPOTTER  

            SMALL BRANCHES BREAKING OFF TREES. 

1229 PM     NON-TSTM WND GST VAN WERT                40.86N 84.58W
03/08/2017  M55 MPH          VAN WERT           OH   EMERGENCY MNGR   

            . 

1253 PM     NON-TSTM WND DMG 2 E STANDLEY            41.27N 84.18W
03/08/2017                   HENRY              OH   EMERGENCY MNGR   

            UTILITY POLE AND ELECTRIC WIRES DOWN ACROSS 
            ROAD. 

0130 PM     NON-TSTM WND GST OTTAWA                  41.02N 84.04W
03/08/2017  M57 MPH          PUTNAM             OH   TRAINED SPOTTER  

            . 

0130 PM     NON-TSTM WND DMG MIDDLE POINT            40.85N 84.45W
03/08/2017                   VAN WERT           OH   EMERGENCY MNGR   

            LARGE, NEWER BARN LOST HALF OF ITS TIN ROOF. 
            DEBRIS HIT A PARKED CAR CAUSING DAMAGE. NO 
            INJURIES. ROUGHLY A HALF MILE SOUTH OF 
            MIDDLEPOINT. . 

0145 PM     NON-TSTM WND DMG 1 NNW THREE RIVERS      41.96N 85.64W
03/08/2017                   ST. JOSEPH         MI   TRAINED SPOTTER  

            TREE DOWN BLOCKING ROAD. 

0203 PM     NON-TSTM WND GST VAN WERT                40.87N 84.58W
03/08/2017  U50 MPH          VAN WERT           OH   PUBLIC           

            FROM SOCIAL MEDIA. 

0215 PM     NON-TSTM WND GST KENDALLVILLE            41.44N 85.26W
03/08/2017  M59 MPH          NOBLE              IN   ASOS             

            . 

0234 PM     NON-TSTM WND GST 2 ENE THREE RIVERS      41.96N 85.59W
03/08/2017  M53 MPH          ST. JOSEPH         MI   AWOS             

            AWOS STATION THREE RIVERS MUNICIPAL DR 
            HAINES AIRPORT /HAI/. 

0235 PM     NON-TSTM WND GST 3 SSW LOGANSPORT        40.71N 86.37W
03/08/2017  M54 MPH          CASS               IN   AWOS             

            AWOS STATION LOGANSPORT/CASS CNTY AP /GGP/. 

0240 PM     NON-TSTM WND DMG PORTLAND                40.44N 84.98W
03/08/2017                   JAY                IN   PUBLIC           

            OVERTURNED SEMI TRUCK. 

0247 PM     NON-TSTM WND GST 3 SSE WALLEN            41.12N 85.14W
03/08/2017  U55 MPH          ALLEN              IN   TRAINED SPOTTER  

            . 

0247 PM     NON-TSTM WND GST 3 N FORT WAYNE          41.12N 85.14W
03/08/2017  M55 MPH          ALLEN              IN   TRAINED SPOTTER  

            . 

0306 PM     NON-TSTM WND GST 1 WNW LORANE            41.21N 85.57W
03/08/2017  M63 MPH          WHITLEY            IN   PUBLIC           

            PEAK GUST MEASURED FROM A PERSONAL WEATHER 
            STATION. 

0310 PM     NON-TSTM WND DMG 1 ENE FLOWERFIELD       42.07N 85.64W
03/08/2017                   ST. JOSEPH         MI   FIRE DEPT/RESCUE 

            2 SEMI TRUCKS BLOWN OVER SHUTTING DOWN 
            HIGHWAY 131. 

0311 PM     NON-TSTM WND DMG MONROE                  40.74N 84.94W
03/08/2017                   ADAMS              IN   PUBLIC           

            GRAIN SILO KNOCKED OVER. FROM SOCIAL MEDIA. 

0323 PM     NON-TSTM WND DMG 2 ENE FORT WAYNE        41.09N 85.10W
03/08/2017                   ALLEN              IN   BROADCAST MEDIA  

            TRAFFIC SIGNAL KNOCKED DOWN INTO ROADWAY. 
            FROM SOCIAL MEDIA. 

0326 PM     NON-TSTM WND DMG CENTREVILLE             41.92N 85.53W
03/08/2017                   ST. JOSEPH         MI   FIRE DEPT/RESCUE 

            TREES AND POWER LINES DOWN . 

0336 PM     NON-TSTM WND DMG 2 SE EAU CLAIRE         41.95N 86.28W
03/08/2017                   BERRIEN            MI   PUBLIC           

            LARGE TREE DOWN ON M-140 BLOCKING ROADS. 
            FROM SOCIAL MEDIA. 

0338 PM     NON-TSTM WND DMG 2 S VERA CRUZ           40.67N 85.08W
03/08/2017                   WELLS              IN   PUBLIC           

            12 INCH DIAMETER TREE DOWNED AND BLOCKING 
            ROAD ON 600E. 

0339 PM     NON-TSTM WND DMG 3 E WALLEN              41.17N 85.10W
03/08/2017                   ALLEN              IN   PUBLIC           

            DOWNED POWER POLE CLOSED HIGHWAY RAMP . 

0342 PM     NON-TSTM WND DMG ANGOLA                  41.64N 85.00W
03/08/2017                   STEUBEN            IN   PUBLIC           

            LOCAL MEIJER STORE EXPERIENCED ROOF DAMAGE. 

0348 PM     NON-TSTM WND DMG PERU                    40.75N 86.07W
03/08/2017                   MIAMI              IN   EMERGENCY MNGR   

            THERE HAVE BEEN SEVERAL TREES DOWNED INTO 
            POWERLINES AND ROADS ACROSS MIAMI COUNTY. 
            ONE TREE FELL ON A HOUSE. THERE WAS ALSO A 
            REPORT OF A SEMI ROLL OVER ON US 31 NEAR ST 
            RD 16 IN MIAMI COUNTY. 

0349 PM     NON-TSTM WND DMG 1 SW GOLDEN LAKE        41.59N 85.08W
03/08/2017                   STEUBEN            IN   TRAINED SPOTTER  

            ROOF AND SHINGLE DAMAGE TO SEVERAL HOMES IN 
            THE AREA. 

0400 PM     NON-TSTM WND DMG 3 W MISHAWAKA           41.67N 86.22W
03/08/2017                   ST. JOSEPH         IN   PUBLIC           

            TREE FELL AND DAMAGED A CAR IN RIVER PARK 
            DUE TO STRONG WINDS. 

0400 PM     NON-TSTM WND DMG HUNTINGTON              40.88N 85.51W
03/08/2017                   HUNTINGTON         IN   EMERGENCY MNGR   

            NUMEROUS DOWNED TREES AND SNAPPED TREE LIMBS 
            ACROSS HUNTINGTON COUNTY FROM STRONG WINDS. 
            SEMI BLOWN OVER ON I-69 AT MILE MARKER 290. 
            ALSO A TRUCK PULLING A CAMPER TRAILER BLOWN 
            OVER AT MILE MARKER 288 ON I-69. 

0414 PM     NON-TSTM WND DMG COLUMBIA CITY           41.16N 85.49W
03/08/2017                   WHITLEY            IN   EMERGENCY MNGR   

            LARGE 50 FT TREE IS UPROOTED AND KNOCKED 
            OVER POWER LINES KNOCKING OUT POWER TO MOST 
            OF THE CITY. 

0441 PM     NON-TSTM WND GST OTTAWA                  41.02N 84.04W
03/08/2017  M53 MPH          PUTNAM             OH   TRAINED SPOTTER  

            . 

0449 PM     NON-TSTM WND DMG HILLSDALE               41.93N 84.64W
03/08/2017                   HILLSDALE          MI   EMERGENCY MNGR   

            NUMEROUS REPORTS OF TREES AND POWERLINES 
            DOWNED ACROSS HILLSDALE COUNTY SINCE 9 AM. 

0451 PM     NON-TSTM WND DMG GOSHEN                  41.58N 85.84W
03/08/2017                   ELKHART            IN   BROADCAST MEDIA  

            TREE FELL ONTO SCHOOL BUS. NO INJURIES 
            REPORTED. FROM SOCIAL MEDIA. 

0453 PM     NON-TSTM WND DMG 1 WNW ELKHART           41.69N 85.99W
03/08/2017                   ELKHART            IN   PUBLIC           

            LARGE TREE FELL ONTO CAR. NO INJURIES. 

0455 PM     NON-TSTM WND GST HUNTINGTON              40.88N 85.51W
03/08/2017  M59 MPH          HUNTINGTON         IN   ASOS             

            . 

0515 PM     NON-TSTM WND GST 2 SE MONOQUET           41.27N 85.84W
03/08/2017  M54 MPH          KOSCIUSKO          IN   AWOS             

            AWOS STATION WARSAW MUNICIPAL AIRPORT /ASW/. 

0539 PM     NON-TSTM WND DMG NAPOLEON                41.39N 84.13W
03/08/2017                   HENRY              OH   EMERGENCY MNGR   

            COMMERCIAL BUILDING ON N. SCOTT ST. IN 
            NAPOLEON LOST PART OF IT'S METAL ROOF DUE TO 
            STRONG WINDS. 

0604 PM     NON-TSTM WND GST MENTONE                 41.17N 86.04W
03/08/2017  U65 MPH          KOSCIUSKO          IN   TRAINED SPOTTER  

            . 


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NWS NORTHERN INDIANA
IRIS SYSTEM

 


Peak Wind Reports

Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Northern Indiana
1116 PM EST Wed Mar 8 2017

...Wind Reports...

Location                     Speed     Time/Date       Lat/Lon              

...Indiana...

...Allen County...
Fort Wayne International Ap  61 MPH    0218 PM 03/08   40.98N/85.20W        
3 SSE Wallen                 55 MPH    0247 PM 03/08   41.12N/85.14W        
3 N Fort Wayne               55 MPH    0247 PM 03/08   41.12N/85.14W        
2 S Wallen                   53 MPH    0300 PM 03/08   41.12N/85.16W        

...Blackford County...
2 E Montpelier               60 MPH    1141 AM 03/08   40.55N/85.24W        

...Cass County...
Logansport/cass Cnty Ap      54 MPH    0235 PM 03/08   40.71N/86.37W        

...De Kalb County...
3 E Saint Johns              51 MPH    0355 PM 03/08   41.31N/85.06W        

...Elkhart County...
Goshen Municipal Airport     56 MPH    0229 PM 03/08   41.53N/85.79W        
2 SW Simonton Lake           51 MPH    0300 PM 03/08   41.72N/86.01W        
Elkhart Municipal Airport    44 MPH    1052 AM 03/08   41.72N/86.00W        

...Fulton County...
Fulton County Airport        48 MPH    0235 PM 03/08   41.07N/86.18W        

...Grant County...
Grant County Municipal Apt   54 MPH    0155 PM 03/08   40.48N/85.68W        
3 NW Upland                  51 MPH    0230 PM 03/08   40.50N/85.55W        

...Huntington County...
Huntington                   59 MPH    0455 PM 03/08   40.88N/85.51W        
3 NE Majenica                52 MPH    0453 PM 03/08   40.82N/85.41W        
3 SSW Huntington             50 MPH    0408 PM 03/08   40.83N/85.53W        

...Kosciusko County...
Mentone                      65 MPH    0604 PM 03/08   41.17N/86.04W        
Warsaw Municipal Airport     54 MPH    0515 PM 03/08   41.27N/85.84W        
2 N North Webster            53 MPH    0200 PM 03/08   41.36N/85.70W        
James Lake                   48 MPH    0328 PM 03/08   41.31N/85.72W        

...La Porte County...
2 E Trail Creek              49 MPH    0415 PM 03/08   41.70N/86.82W        
La Porte                     49 MPH    0215 PM 03/08   41.57N/86.73W        
1 W Michigan City            44 MPH    0332 PM 03/08   41.71N/86.90W        

...Lagrange County...
1 NW Howe                    54 MPH    0410 PM 03/08   41.75N/85.44W        

...Marshall County...
2 NW Argos                   47 MPH    0230 PM 03/08   41.27N/86.27W        
Plymouth                     46 MPH    0453 PM 03/08   41.34N/86.31W        
Bremen                       44 MPH    0329 PM 03/08   41.44N/86.16W        

...Miami County...
1 SSW Grissom Afb            54 MPH    0147 PM 03/08   40.65N/86.15W        
1 S Macy                     49 MPH    0300 PM 03/08   40.94N/86.13W        
3 W Amboy                    49 MPH    0241 PM 03/08   40.59N/85.98W        

...Noble County...
Kendallville                 59 MPH    0215 PM 03/08   41.44N/85.26W        

...St. Joseph County...
South Bend International Ap  52 MPH    0236 PM 03/08   41.71N/86.32W        

...Starke County...
2 ESE Brems                  56 MPH    0255 PM 03/08   41.33N/86.66W        

...Steuben County...
Tri-state Steuben County Air 51 MPH    0135 PM 03/08   41.64N/85.08W        
3 NE Lake James              48 MPH    0431 PM 03/08   41.73N/85.00W        

...Wabash County...
1 SSE Roann                  55 MPH    1254 PM 03/08   40.89N/85.92W        
Somerset                     46 MPH    0150 PM 03/08   40.66N/85.81W        

...White County...
White Cnty Ap                52 MPH    0335 PM 03/08   40.71N/86.77W        

...Whitley County...
Tri-lakes                    46 MPH    0217 PM 03/08   41.22N/85.48W        

...Michigan...

...Berrien County...
Southwest Michigan Regional  56 MPH    0138 AM 03/08   42.13N/86.43W        
Saint Joseph                 45 MPH    0900 AM 03/08   42.10N/86.49W        

...Branch County...
Coldwater                    54 MPH    0415 PM 03/08   41.93N/85.05W        

...Hillsdale County...
Hillsdale Municipal Airport  53 MPH    0359 PM 03/08   41.92N/84.59W        
Litchfield                   46 MPH    0203 PM 03/08   42.05N/84.75W        

...St. Joseph County...
Three Rivers Municipal Dr Ha 53 MPH    0234 PM 03/08   41.96N/85.59W        
Sturgis                      53 MPH    0215 PM 03/08   41.81N/85.44W        

...Ohio...

...Allen County...
Lima Allen County Airport    59 MPH    0227 PM 03/08   40.71N/84.02W        
1 SSW Elida                  51 MPH    0226 PM 03/08   40.76N/84.21W        
2 SSW Rushmore               51 MPH    1223 PM 03/08   40.83N/84.26W        
Bluffton                     48 MPH    0345 PM 03/08   40.89N/83.89W        
Lima                         48 MPH    0138 PM 03/08   40.73N/84.12W        

...Defiance County...
Defiance Memorial Airport    48 MPH    0235 PM 03/08   41.34N/84.43W        

...Fulton County...
1 NNE Ottokee                63 MPH    1135 AM 03/08   41.61N/84.13W        
Fulton Cnty Ap               63 MPH    1135 AM 03/08   41.61N/84.13W        
2 SW Pettisville             50 MPH    1208 PM 03/08   41.49N/84.26W        

...Paulding County...
2 W Paulding                 45 MPH    0322 PM 03/08   41.14N/84.64W        
1 NW Oakwood                 44 MPH    0314 PM 03/08   41.11N/84.40W        

...Putnam County...
Ottawa                       57 MPH    0130 PM 03/08   41.02N/84.04W        
Columbus Grove               55 MPH    1218 PM 03/08   40.92N/84.06W        
Leipsic                      54 MPH    0117 PM 03/08   41.10N/83.99W        
Ottawa                       53 MPH    0441 PM 03/08   41.02N/84.04W        
Kalida                       52 MPH    1206 PM 03/08   40.98N/84.20W        

...Van Wert County...
1 ENE Van Wert               60 MPH    0312 PM 03/08   40.87N/84.56W        
Van Wert                     55 MPH    1229 PM 03/08   40.86N/84.58W        
Van Wert                     50 MPH    0203 PM 03/08   40.87N/84.58W        

Observations are collected from a variety of sources with varying
equipment and exposures. Not all data listed are considered official.

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