Storms Pummel Indiana, Illinois Hit Hardest

Anatomy Of Tornado Sunday (VIDEO & PHOTOS)

By Jacob Perrone - 21Alive
By Chief Meteorologist Curtis Smith - 21Alive
By Meteorologist Jason Meyers - 21Alive
By Peter Neumann - 21Alive

November 17, 2013 Updated Nov 18, 2013 at 10:20 AM EDT

UNDATED (21Alive) --- A powerful low pressure system and leading cold front with a history of producing tornadoes pushed through Indiana, damaging homes and businesses primarily in western and southern Indiana.

The worst of the weather that spawned more than 50 tornadoes Sunday however bypassed the Fort Wayne metro area as the line weakened as it moved northeastward. Around here, we had some trees down, knocked fences down, snapped some power lines but thankfully no reports of injuries or deaths in Northeast Indiana.

But this storm system caused heavy damage in central Illinois, damaging homes ansd businesses in East Peoria, Rockford and Washington, just northeast of Peoria. The strength of the storm and high winds - as much as 80 miles per hour - put everyone around here on high alert.

Below, is a chronology of the storms that swept through Indiana on Sunday afternoon.

Now, we await a cool down in the next several days, and some areas along Lake Michigan may even see lake effect snows in the next 48 hours!

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  • 4:50 PM: Fort Wayne is in the clear
  • 4:46 PM: south wall of Dollar General distribution center in Marion collapses, and water main breaks
  • 4:47 PM: storm line stretching from Van Wert to Hartford City holding together, heavy rain but less lightning being detected
  • 4:45 PM: tornado warnings issued until 4:45 have expired, others remain in effect until 5:15PM
  • 4:38 PM: tornado warning issued for Van Wert County, Ohio, storm near Convoy - straight line winds of 70 MPH reported with this cell
  • 4:37 PM: storm cell moving into Van Wert County, Ohio in 20 minutes could bring very strong, damaging winds
  • 4:35 PM: 21's VIPIR radar detects upper level rotation in storm cell near Decatur in Adams County, moving northeast
  • 4:27 PM: sunshine replacing thunderstorms and rain in Huntington County
  • 4:26 PM: wind damage reported in Churubusco
  • 4:25 PM WOWO Radio, K105, WMEE, The Fan radio stations knocked off the air in storm that moved through southern Allen County around 4:15PM
  • 4:25 PM: Allen County sirens activated for about five minutes
  • 4:20 PM: storms moving out and sun reported in parts of Indianapolis
  • 4:17 PM: Tornado Warning issued for Allen County and Paulding, County, Ohio, until 4:45pm
  • 4:15 PM: number of tornadoes in today's outbreak now more than 50
  • 4:13 PM Huntington University campus security urges students to take cover
  • 4:12 PM: hail possible within severe thunderstorms in Allen and Wells Counties
  • 4:10 PM: new severe thunderstorm warning for Allen and Wells counties in Indiana; and Defiance, Paulding and Van Wert Counties, til 4:45 PM
  • 4:08 PM: there have been 44 unconfirmed tornadoes from the storm system in Illinois and Indiana
  • 4:05 PM: Duke Power says 45,000 of its Indiana customers are now without power
  • 4:02 PM: severe thunderstorm warning for Allen County until 4:45 PM
  • 4:00 PM: larege and dangerous tornado located 8 miles west of Bedford, Indiana
  • 3:59 PM: frequent lightning, poor visibility beginning to envelop Fort Wayne
  • 3:58 PM: Indiana State Police dispatched to city of Lebanon after tornado and high winds damage buildings in town
  • 3:56 PM: not much storm development seen behind the current line pushing through central Indiana mid-afternoon
  • 3:48 PM: spotter reports gusts of 85 MPH and quarter size hail in Swayzee
  • 3:47 PM: tornado reported on the ground near Labonon
  • 3:47 PM: new tornado warning issued until 4:15 for Wabash, Huntington County
  • 3:45 PM: large tornado reported near Shoals in southwestern Indiana
  • 3:40 PM: tornado confirmed near Swayzee west of Marion
  • 3:37 PM: 84 MPH gusts reported at Grissom AFB
  • 3:35 PM: parts of six counties southwest of Fort Wayne under a tornado warning, no confirmation of a tornado on the ground
  • 3:35 PM: tornado warning for Cass and St. Joseph, Michigan
  • 3:34 PM: tornado warning for Blackford, Grant, Huntington, Miami, Wabash til 4:15 PM
  • 3:33 PM: confirmed tornado touchdowns near Komomo and Russiaville
  • 3:32 PM: Boone County tornado warning until 4 PM
  • 3:31 PM: tornado reported at Paducah, Kentucky
  • 3:30 PM: confirmed tornado 7 miles southwest of Kokomo
  • 3:27 PM: 69 MPH winds reported at Purdue airport
  • 3:25 PM: 12,000 customers lose power in Tippecanoe County area
  • 3:24 PM: Madison, Tipton Counties under a tornado warning
  • 3:23 PM: gusts of 80 MPH reported in northwest Indiana
  • 3:22 PM: tornado reported west of Winnemac, Indiana
  • 3:21 PM: tornado confirmed 12 miles south of Walton, Indiana
  • 3:19 PM: tornado warning issued for Kosciusko County til 4 PM, also Cass and Miami Counties
  • 3:15 PM: severe thunderstorm warning issued for Wabash County
  • 3:15 PM: severe thunderstorm warning issued for Huntington, Miami, Grant and Cass Counties
  • 3:15 PM: tornado confirmed on the ground 10 miles south of Delphi
  • 3:13 PM: Hendricks County tornado warning until 3:45 PM
  • 3:09 PM: tornado warning issued for Miami County, Cass, Fulton, White Counties until 3:30
  • 3:07 PM: severe thunderstorm warning issued until 3:45 for northern Kosciusko County
  • 3:05 PM: weather spotter reports 60 MPH winds in Tippecanoe County
  • 2:58 PM: dispatchers report widespread storm damage in Fountain County
  • 2:57 PM: tornado crossing over I-65 near Lafayette
  • 2:57 PM: reports of possible tornado near Chalmers, Indiana
  • 2:56 PM: emergency responders heading to Washington, ILLINOIS where tornado went through (see image), reports of people trapped in buildings.
  • 2:54 PM: severe storms entering western counties of 21Alive viewing area - Wabash County stay alert
  • 2:52 PM: tornado warning for Clinton County, Carroll and Tippecanoe Counties tril 3:15 PM
  • 2:50 PM: tornado warning for Cass, White Counties til 3:15 PM
  • 2:46 PM: tornado warning for Clay, Greene, Owen, until 3:15, also for Sullivan, Vigo counties
  • 2:45 PM: tornado warning for Knox County until 3:15
  • 2:38 PM: torando damage reported near I-74 and SR 63 in northern Vermillion County
  • 2:35 PM: tornado warning for Fountain, Parke, Vermillion Counties
  • 2:34 PM: tornado sirens sounding in Lafayette
  • 2:33 PM: Crawfordsville under a tornado warning
  • 2:31 PM: Purdue officials urge students to shelter in place
  • 2:29 PM: tornado warning for Fountain, Montgomery, Tippecanoe and Warren Counties
  • 2:25 PM: severe storm approaching Veedersburg, Williamsport, Attica
  • 2:15 PM: tornado warning issued for Benton County, Indiana

    The NFL football game between the Bears and Baltimore Ravens was suspended and the stands at Soldier Field cleared when a tornado warning was issued about 1:30 Eastern time.

    Thousands of subscribers to 21Alive's Textcaster severe weather text messaging service have been receiving alerts through the day.

    Very strong winds with gusts of up to 60 miles per hour swept through northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio, causing tree limbs to break, and powerlines to come down.

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