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November 19, 2013

Assessing the damage: Officials confirm 2 tornadoes in Cass Co.

Officials confirm 2 tornadoes in Cass Co.

LOGANSPORT — National Weather Service officials confirmed it was a tornado that hit Logansport Sunday. In fact, two tornadoes touched down in Cass County.

One traveled from Young America to Lincoln and then near Grissom Air Reserve Base in Miami County, said Cass County Emergency Management Agency Director Alvin Beckman. A second twister traveled from the south side of Logansport toward Adamsboro, Beckman reported.

Beckman spent several hours Monday afternoon surveying damage with NWS personnel. They determined that isolated wind bursts associated with the tornadoes were the cause of damage elsewhere in the county.

Several people in the county were still without power Monday. At 6 p.m., there were 812 Duke Energy customers without power in Cass County.

In Logansport, there were 7,000 Logansport Municipal Utilities customers without power after the storms Sunday. After LMU personnel worked through the night, less than 200 were without power as of Monday morning. LMU services about 13,500 people, said superintendent Paul Hartman.

Surrounding counties were also affected by the power outages.

Carroll White REMC reported 900 members without electric service as of 4:45 p.m. Monday. Several hundred members are still without service between Flora and Burlington due to several downed utility poles. There are also several members without power from Deer Creek along Ind. 29 to Galveston, according to Carroll White REMC.

According to Duke Energy's website, there were 471 people without power in Carroll County at 6 p.m. Monday.

Most utility poles and power lines in Logansport were back up and repaired late Monday morning. In Cass County, there were several utility poles down along U.S. 35, Beckman said.

“Essentially we’re getting everyone back in power and then we will focus on repairs,” Hartman said. “Clean up could take up to one week.”

The power outages caused Southeastern School Corp. to close Monday. At Logansport Community Schools, students operated on a two-hour delay Monday.

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