The Storm Prediction Center has officially classified Monday night’s storm complex as a derecho. Look at this video, it was insane, almost apocalyptic:
This storm complex produced damaging winds including a 98 mph gust in Fort Wayne as well as a 76 mph gust in Yoder.
Severe winds (gusts equal to or greater than 58 mph) were measured in Defiance, Kosciusko, Putnam, and Whitley counties.
Check out the highest wind reports from the last 24 hours! Fort Wayne Airport set a new record high wind gust of 98 mph, beating the old record of 91 mph.
— NWS Northern Indiana (@NWSIWX) June 14, 2022
A severe outbreak may be classified as a derecho if it produces 58 miles per hour or greater winds along most of a 240-mile path.
Fort Wayne airport on the south side of town may touch 90 here pic.twitter.com/70FlrXa25i
— Alexander Hall (@alexanderhall) June 14, 2022
Although derechos produce damage paths similar to tornadoes, typically the damage occurs in one direction.
The Fort Wayne, IN area got hit with 98 mph winds at the airport Monday night. My coverage here for @weatherchannel in Allen and Whitley Counties shows some of the widespread damage. It leaves many without power dealing with excessive heat warnings in place now. @NWSIWX #INwx pic.twitter.com/ekQ2KmyVw9
— Charles Peek (@CharlesPeekWX) June 14, 2022
This is the strongest derecho to hit Fort Wayne since June 2012 an the first since 2020. That derecho produced a then-record 91 mph wind gust at Fort Wayne International Airport.
That record was broken with yesterday’s 98 mph gust.
SEVERE WEATHER UPDATE
FWA took a major hit from last night’s storms with a number of airport and airport-related facilities suffering from various degrees of damage. While there is an abundance of damage, all staff are safe and no injuries were reported. (Continued…)
— Fort Wayne Airport (@flyfwa) June 14, 2022
The airport says they saw various degrees of damage at their facilities, and luckily, no one was injured. They say flights throughout the morning have been canceled or significantly delayed.
Worst storm outages in Tri-State since 2012 derecho
Monday’s storm power outages are the worst here in a decade, since one of the nation’s deadliest and most destructive fast-moving severe storm complexes roared through the Tri-State in June 2012, according to Duke Energy’s spokeswoman.
The sky was covered by scud clouds (terrifying shelf clouds) as the storm engulfed Ohio…
Buenos días! Ya Martes.
Tormenta llegando a Hamilton, Ohio, en Estados Unidos 🇺🇸
— Climamex Tijuana (@ClimamexBC) June 14, 2022
“The Ohio Valley/Mid-Atlantic Derecho of June 2012″ knocked out power to 177,000 local Duke Energy customers in 2012 compared to 165,000 on Monday, said Sally Thelen.
In video please:
Some 75,000 Duke Energy customers remain without power early Tuesday, according to the utility’s website.
This was happening out my back door in SW Fort Wayne last night. Tail end of what blew through with gusts up to 98 mph measured at airport pic.twitter.com/yKa5WIXsxT
— Michael Siffer (@SifferMichael) June 14, 2022
The Ohio Valley/Mid-Atlantic Derecho of June 2012
The June 29, 2012 derecho resulted in the all-time highest recorded June or July wind gusts at the time at several official observing sites along its path (Fort Wayne, Indiana, Zanesville, Ohio, and Huntington, West Virginia), in addition to widespread, significant wind damage, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington.
On Monday, a wind gust of 98 mph was recorded at the Fort Wayne Airport in Indiana, snapping the previous record of 91 mph at the airport, and is now considered the strongest all-time wind gust there, NWS announced Tuesday morning.
The June 2012 derecho knocked out power to some five million people from Chicago to the mid-Atlantic Coast, and 22 people were killed.
The 2012 storm also was notable, the weather service says, for being arguably the first derecho to capture widespread media attention, striking nearly every metropolitan area in a broadening path that extended from Chicago and Indianapolis to Baltimore, Washington, and Tidewater Virginia.
In Greater Cincinnati, winds gusted as high on average 60 mph with maximum gusts clocked at 80 mph, according to the weather service.
Then-Gov. John Kasich declared a state of emergency on June 30, 2012, after widespread power loss, storm damage and a heat wave.
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