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November 17, 2013

'We got lucky': Storms result in extensive damage but no injuries

Storms result in extensive damage but no injuries

Storms that tore through Logansport Sunday afternoon resulted in extensive damage but no injuries, a Cass County official said.

Cass County Emergency Management Agency Director Alvin Beckman said two storm cells made their way through the area heading in different directions.

The first traversed just to the southwest of Logansport, before heading west toward Clymers and then on toward the Cass County line. The second dumped rain and hurled winds over the city’s east side and continued in that direction toward New Waverly and Hoover.

The cells clocked more than 84 mph winds, Beckman continued, resulting in damaged houses and businesses, downed trees and power lines, overturned trailers and flattened barns.

Despite the extensive damage, Beckman said Sunday night, no injuries were reported.

“In a way, we got lucky,” he said.

Three radar-indicated tornadoes led to the warnings throughout the afternoon, Beckman continued, but members of the National Weather Service will be in the area today to determine whether or not any actually touched down.

Ola Titus, who lives on the 400 block of West Clinton Street, said she is almost positive it was a tornado that tore through a small part of her neighborhood as she watched a Logansport Street Department bulldozer clear mounds of debris from the road in front of her home.

Titus recalled opening her front door as the storm worsened Sunday afternoon.

“That’s a tornado,” she recalled thinking. “I hear it.”

She closed the door and told her husband to head for the basement.

“I heard a big boom, like an explosion, then something hit me in the back,” she said.

What hit her was the front door she had just closed, while the explosion was the sound of bursting windows.

The only injury Titus came out of it with was a long but minor cut on her back, she said. A calmness quickly replaced the recent havoc and she walked back to the entryway.

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