Tornado At Lowell And Other Reports

The National Weather Service stated that through pictures and other data provided by the Lake County Emergency Management Agency, as well as trained storm spotters, a short lived EF Zero tornado was confirmed on the outskirts of Lowell, on Thursday. Wind speeds during this type of storm are estimated to be between 65 and 85 mph. The actual twister may have very briefly lifted once or twice during its 2-3 minute duration. The damage was limited almost entirely to trees with one tree landing on a home. This was the first tornado in Lake County, since multiple twisters on June 30, 2014. Also, it was the earliest tornado in the calendar year in Lake County, since an F2 storm, on March 12, 1976. Rensselaer Mayor Steve Wood said a tree came down near Melville and Emilie Streets. There was no power outage in the city. Newton County Emergency Management Director Ray Chambers said a tree also fell onto a home in Morocco. No injuries reported. DeMotte Police said one business sign was damaged and one tree fell onto a street. Jasper County REMC said there were about 10 to 15 residents without power for a time, scattered in the northern part of the county, when trees fell into power lines. There was also a report of a semi that rolled over on Interstate 65, near the State Road 24 interchange, but no injuries reported.