FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) – Sunday’s winds packed a wallop, and the damage is pretty impressive, even though some people seemed to take it in stride.
"I was just grilling right over here on the porch and I was watching the NASCAR race. And I got up to go turn my pork chops, and about the time I got to the door and looked out, they went by the door about 60 miles an hour on the grill, which landed out there on the bushes. It was still lit, so I was worried about it exploding," said homeowner Rick Hisner.
Hisner had more to worry about than his pork chops and grill. He lost just about every out building on his property.
"Stuff was just flying. I mean, the building, there was a brand new garage here a week ago, and the whole building just got sucked out of the ground, the poles, everything, it's gone. I don't know where it's at. My other shed's in the pond. The deck out there, everything's wrecked. My fishing equipment's in the pond. That building's upside down.," Hisner said.
Next door, Arlin Springer and his wife raced for the basement, worried about their roof. They just replaced it last June after high winds tore it off.
"We heard all the sheet metal hitting the house. And then within a couple seconds, it was over as far as the noise of the stuff hitting the house. So we came back up and started looking around to see how much damage we had," Springer said.
What appears to have been straight line winds mangled everything in their path.
Buildings ripped apart and tossed into fields, pieces of metal siding shredded and wrapped around trees, and other trees snapped at their roots like twigs.
Along I-69 and 469, the winds bent over signs on their metal posts at the ground level.
WOWO radio was one of the thousands of customers to have had power knocked out.
At the studios, the winds snapped off electrical poles at the base, including one blown into the transmitter tower, and pushed a chain link fence off its foundation.
But through it all, Hisner wasn't scared.
"I was more worried about my pork chops. I was hungry! And I wanted to see who won the race!" Hisner said.
There are no reports of any serious injuries from the storms in our area.
The American Red Cross opened a shelter Monday night at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 3705 S. Anthony Blvd., for people without power. The Red Cross asks those who use the shelter to bring a sleeping bag, pillows, medications and hygiene products.
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