Storms cause property damage but few injuries in Elkhart County

Power is still out and crews are working to clear countless downed trees and other property damage.

Posted on July 1, 2014 at 9:25 a.m. | Updated on July 1, 2014 at 11:21 a.m.

A system of severe storms ripped through the Midwest Monday, June 30 into Tuesday, July 1. Although no tornadoes were reported to have touched down, a tornado warning was issued for much of northern Indiana early Tuesday and a lot of damage was done to property. One person was killed when a tree snapped and landed on a Winona Lake mobile home and another was injured when a tree fell in front of his moving car. Another man was killed when a tree fell on his LaGrange County home.

In South Bend, some of the worst damage appeared to be in River Park on the city’s east side. One TV reporter described it as a “war zone.”

After power was lost in parts of the neighborhood, residents said they saw several explosions near a transformer station north of Potawatomi Zoo. (The Potowatomi Zoo announced on Twitter that it will stay closed on Tuesday in order to repair damage from the storm.)

“I heard a boom and a boom and a boom and then a loud explosion,” said one woman who declined to give her name.

Part of the nighttime sky near the source of the explosions then lit up with a green hue for several seconds, neighbors said.

Further to the east, in Mishawaka, residents escaped injury when a huge maple tree enveloped the front of a house and pickup truck.

Dave Mangold said he was seated on his front porch preparing a Coleman lantern in case the electricity went out when he heard a large crashing sound.

He said he dashed inside the living room as the tree fell against the front of the house and part of a house next door.

Mangold and and an elderly aunt who live in the house escaped injury. He said he believed the home sustained some structural damage along the roofline.

Thousands of residents in Michiana were still without power as of 9 a.m. Tuesday and many posted pictures of the storm’s aftermath on social media or sent them to The Elkhart Truth. If you have a photo you’d like to share, leave it in the comments below, post it to our Facebook page or Tweet us.

Several businesses and colleges also were closed Tuesday due to power outages or damage.

Reporter Dan Spalding contributed to this report.


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