Strong gusty winds occured along a line of showers that developed ahead of a cold front this morning.  Very impressive wind gust speeds were recorded that resulted in downed trees and powerlines across the area.  As of 6 PM Sunday thousands of customers were without power.  The area was also under a wind advisory today as strong winds continued behind the cold front.  The following is a summary of wind gusts and damage today.

...MAXIMUM OBSERVED WINDS...

CITY                     COUNTY     STATE  WIND MPH   DATE     TIME


METZ                     STEUBEN     IN     83.0       12/23/07 0600 AM
LA PORTE                 LA PORTE    IN     72.0       12/23/07 0418 AM
SOUTH BEND AIRPORT       ST JOSEPH   IN     62.0       12/23/07 0432 AM
MICHIGAN CITY LTHOUSE    LA PORTE    IN     62.0       12/23/07 0430 AM
3 SW NORTH WEBSTER       KOSCIUSKO   IN     61.0       12/23/07 0459 AM
GOSHEN AIRPORT           ELKHART     IN     55.0       12/23/07 0501 AM
BENTON HARBOR AIRPORT  BERRIEN     IN     55.0       12/23/07 0435 AM
3 S NORTH MANCHESTER     WABASH      IN     52.0       12/23/07 0454 AM
FORT WAYNE AIRPORT       ALLEN       IN     51.0       12/23/07 1133 AM
LIMA AIRPORT             ALLEN       OH     48.0       12/23/07 0124 PM
DEFIANCE AIRPORT         DEFIANCE    OH     47.0       12/23/07 0729 AM





...A PRELIMINARY SUMMARY OF LOCAL STORM REPORTS FOR 12/23/07...
0403 AM     TSTM WND GST     LA PORTE                41.61N  86.71W
12/23/2007  M66 MPH          LA PORTE           IN   PUBLIC
SMALL BRANCHES DOWN.
0422 AM     TSTM WND DMG     THREE OAKS              41.80N  86.61W
12/23/2007                   BERRIEN            MI   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            NUMEROUS TREES DOWN
0445 AM     TSTM WND DMG     2 SE MISHAWAKA          41.65N  86.14W
12/23/2007                   ST. JOSEPH         IN   PUBLIC
SEVERAL LARGE TREES UPROOTED IN THE OLD REVEREWOOD SUB
DIVISION. TREE ON TOP OF CAR.
0450 AM     TSTM WND DMG     DOWAGIAC                41.98N  86.11W
12/23/2007                   CASS               MI   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            REPORTS OF TREES AND POWER LINES DOWN ACROSS THE ENTIRE
            COUNTY
0500 AM     TSTM WND DMG     SOUTH BEND              41.68N  86.27W
12/23/2007                   ST. JOSEPH         IN   BROADCAST MEDIA

            ROOF PEELED OFF TRAILER HOME
0502 AM     TSTM WND GST     1 E WINONA LAKE         41.22N  85.80W
12/23/2007  E65 MPH          KOSCIUSKO          IN   NWS EMPLOYEE

            30 40 FOOT TALL TREE DOWNED
0511 AM     TSTM WND DMG     LIGONIER                41.46N  85.59W
12/23/2007                   NOBLE              IN   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            NUMEROUS REPORTS OF TREES AND POWER LINES DOWN ACROSS
            NOBLE COUNTY
0525 AM     TSTM WND DMG     3 SE LAGRANGE           41.61N  85.38W
12/23/2007                   LAGRANGE           IN   EMERGENCY MNGR

            6 POWER POLES DOWNED ON 300S BETWEEN 300W AND 200W
0545 AM     TSTM WND DMG     5 W GOSHEN              41.58N  85.93W
12/23/2007                   ELKHART            IN   TRAINED SPOTTER

            1 TREE DOWNED...2 TREES SNAPPED IN HALF 15 FEET UP.
0550 AM     TSTM WND DMG     ANGOLA                  41.64N  85.00W
12/23/2007                   STEUBEN            IN   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            NUMEROUS REPORTS OF DOWNED POWER LINES AND TREES ACROSS
            STEUBEN COUNTY
0600 AM     TSTM WND GST     METZ                    41.62N  84.84W
12/23/2007  M83 MPH          STEUBEN            IN   EMERGENCY MNGR

            COUNTY EMA REPORTS HAM RADIO OPERATOR MEASURED 83 MPH.
            NUMEROUS TREES AND LIMBS DOWN ACROSS THE COUNTY.
0603 AM     TSTM WND DMG     BRONSON                 41.87N  85.19W
12/23/2007                   BRANCH             MI   TRAINED SPOTTER

            NUMEROUS DOWNED TREES...LIMBS...AND UTILITY LINES
            THROUGHOUT BRANCH COUNTY
0609 AM     TSTM WND DMG     BRONSON                 41.87N  85.19W
12/23/2007                   BRANCH             MI   LAW ENFORCEMENT
NUMEROUS DOWNED TREES...LIMBS...AND UTILITY LINES
THROUGHOUT BRANCH COUNTY...PARTICULARLY SOUTH OF
COLDWATER.
0700 AM     TSTM WND GST     7 SSE MCCLURE           41.28N  83.89W
12/23/2007  E70 MPH          HENRY              OH   TRAINED SPOTTER
MANY LIMBS DOWN. HEAVY OUTDOOR PATIO FURNITURE MOVED.
1134 AM     NON-TSTM WND DMG BRONSON                 41.87N  85.19W
12/23/2007                   BRANCH             MI   LAW ENFORCEMENT
BRONSON HIGH SCHOOL AND SEVERAL NEARBY HOMES SUSTAINED
SIDING AND SHINGLE DAMAGE
BJS

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