La Porte area hit by storm; limbs down, but no severe damage reported


Trees bend as the leading edge of the storm passes over Crichfield School.

Story by WNLP’s Mike Kellems; photos by Kellems and WNLP’s Bob Wellinski 

La Porte County and its neighbors were fortunate Monday night as a very strong storm blasted through the area around 5 p.m. Media reports began circulating around the Midwest as the storm, known as a “derencho,” was reported to be packing 100 mph winds.

Fallen limb in the southbound lane of Forrester Road, near CR-200 North.

A derencho is defined as a “widespread, long-lived wind storm associated with a band of rapidly moving showers or thunderstorms variously known as a squall line, bow echo, or quasi-linear convective system.” While there were numerous reports of trees down throughout the county, no severe damage was reported following the quick moving storm.


The National Weather Service reported that the storm was moving at about 65 miles per hour.

Several fire departments were kept busy responding to trees down along with power lines. Several major intersections were left without traffic signals for a short period of time. La Porte County Highway also had crews responding to the roadways that were blocked. Within an hour of the storm’s arrival, the evening sun could be seen the western sky.


A tree limb falls just in front of the photographer’s car on Johnson Road near Clark Drive.


A large tree limb (above photo and below) nearly strikes motorists on Johnson Road near Holton Road.




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