Stormy weather continued this afternoon as winds knocked out power to about 1,500 customers in Logansport.
Bob Dunderman, spokesman for Logansport Municipal Utilities, said most of the customers had power restored by 4 p.m., but crews were still working to restore power to about 400 customers. Between 10 and 15 power poles were down as a result of the storm, Dunderman said.
"We're going to be out there for a while," he said.
A storm carrying winds as high as 70 miles an hour ripped through northern Cass County Thursday night, uprooting trees that were more than 100 years old trees and damaging homes and barns.
Michael Sabones, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in North Webster, said the storm came through about 10:15 p.m. Thursday.
“It was a pretty quick system,” he said, adding there had not been reports of hail, but winds that uproot trees typically are around 60 miles an hour. “It was probably stronger than that. I would say reasonably those winds were between 60 and 70 miles an hour.”
Miami-Cass REMC, which serves the area with power, said there were several outages in the Twelve Mile area “due to wind, trees and lightning strikes."
“We are still restoring power in that area,” said a post on the company’s Facebook page. “However, if you are still without electricity, please call in and let us know at 765-473-6668.”
A call to the company’s director of marketing, Susan Wagoner, was not immediately returned this afternoon.
Paul Ulerich, who owns a home in the area, said electricity was knocked out at his home and the storm picked up a hay wagon and destroyed it. He said six trees around his mother’s home, who lives about a quarter mile away from him, were either torn down or uprooted by the storm.
“It’s like a wreath around her house,” he said, adding neighbors went to assist cleaning up his mother’s property.
LuAnn Schroder, a Twelve Mile resident who lost several trees, is just glad no one was hurt.
“When the storm hit, we got big golf-ball-sized hail, and the wind was wild and the storm was just crazy,” she said.
At one point during the storm, her 18-year-old son opened the front door to check out the action. “I had pictures coming off the wall” from the wind, she said.
The worst of the storm hit between 10:30 and 11 p.m. and lasted “tops 10 minutes,” Schroder said. Lightning gave her and her husband Dan glimpses of their backyard, but until that quit they didn’t venture outside to assess the damage.
“When it quit lightning, we saw we had seven trees down,” Schroder said, including one evergreen and some oak, maple and walnut trees.
Two were completely uprooted and the rest had been snapped in half.
Three of the trees had been at least three stories tall.
For the latest on this story, including additional comments from affected residents and emergency workers, pick up Sunday's edition of the Pharos-Tribune.
An early version of this story appeared early this morning:
Emergency crews late Thursday and early this morning were investigating reports of storm damage in the northern part of Cass County.
Volunteer firefighters said they had heard numerous reports of trees damaged by wind and some reports of hail.
Check back Friday for more photos and additional details.