Sunday Storms Rock Area
By: Mike Stiles -
Monday, June 21, 2021
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(UNDATED) – Several severe storms moved through the listening area Sunday evening and into early Monday morning.
The first line of storms hit the area about 7:25 PM, bringing heavy rain and winds between 50 and 60 MPH. More rain and wind was reported shortly after 9:30 PM and at 9:47 PM the National Weather Service issued a Tornado Warning for eastern Branch County after a trained spotter and radar reported the tornado that moved over the Coldwater area and touched down before heading east.
Then around 1 AM Monday, another front moved into the area. A Tornado Warning was issued for Cass County and for Northwest St. Joseph County until 2 AM. Sirens around St. Joseph County activated but no touch downs have been reported.
The rain and winds knocked down limbs and trees and also took out power around the listening area. Crews are out trying to get electric service restored to their customers.
The City of Sturgis say most of their customers are back on line, and the rest should be back on line by this evening. If you are a City of Sturgis electric customer and haven't had your power restored, please contact the Electric Department.
Consumers Energy says their customers should have their electric service restored by early this evening. The majority of their outages are in Branch County. Indiana-Michigan Power says it will be between 7 PM and 11 PM before their customers are all back on line.
NIPSCO Energy in Northern Indiana they have no time line on where their customers will have their power restored. They say that all of their crews are working along with additional staff, and the number of people without power is at 25,000, down from 40,000 this morning.
Midwest Energy also has no time line on when there customers will have their electricity back on.
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