Northwest Indiana Storm Damage Mainly From Winds

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Photo: Some of the storm damage noted in Crown Point, near Youche Country Club


November 18, 2913 — Newton County emergency management authorities reported a tornado touched down in Goodland… near U-S 24 and Newton Street… about 1:20 yesterday afternoon, causing minor damage to buildings and homes and grain bins but no one was reported hurt.  Rensselaer officials said a thunderstorm knocked down power lines and trees on the city’s east side and damaged businesses and nearby grain bins.  Near Michigan City, a two-foot diameter tree was uprooted by thunderstorm winds and pushed onto a house.  A large tree was pushed by storm winds onto Highway 421 in Westville.

Crown Point weather observers told the National Weather Service that a passing thunderstorm snapped power lines in the area around 1:20 p-m.

Valparaiso emergency responders said a band of severe thunderstorms snapped many power poles, including high-tension poles, on the city’s east side about 1:25 p-m.  Porter County Road 600-North between Roads 300-East and 400-East was closed for a while because of downed power poles and lines.  Police reported many trees were down around the city.

In Gary, weather spotters noted a wind gust at 63 miles an hour.  Winds were clocked at 83 miles an hours in Chesterton.  The winds caused a section of a roof of an apartment building in Kouts to blow off, according to the Weather Service.

The National Weather Service in Chicago went back through the records and noted November tornadoes to occur in the area since 1950:

11/13/1951      400 PM       LAKE [IN]           F2
11/12/1965       453 PM       LAKE [IN]           F3


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