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Severe weather rolls through Michiana area

A line of powerful thunderstorms and tornadoes moved through our area this afternoon.

There is widespread damage across the viewing area including limbs and lines down.

There are reports of trees on houses and across roadways.

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The storm was so bad the Indiana Toll Road banned triple, long-double, and high profile oversize permit load trucks.  But even drivers who weren't banned still pulled over because they didn't feel safe.  Truck Driver John Williams said, "you have a lot of accidents in stuff like that."

Williams was driving his truck to Pennsylvania when he pulled over to wait out the rain and high winds.  "Too high, 35-40 mph.  We can't drive in that kind of weather like that.  I'm top heavy too, that's real bad."

The winds weren't just blowing flags around.  A billboard came down during the storm in South Bend.  And fallen trees were everywhere.  One blocked two lanes of traffic on State Road 19 in Elkhart.  Another crushed a South Bend home.  Yadira and Gabriela Gil said, "It's so scary...it's unbelievable."  The sisters came home from church to find a tree on top of their next door neighbor's home.  They said three people were inside but all got out safely.  "I guess they broke a window and helped them out through the window"

Everyone was also ok at a home off Johnson road where a tree crashed through the back of the house.

More good news, neighbors said no one was hurt when a tree fell on Pearl Street, but it was still frightening.  "Basically it was a loud crack.  I looked out the window and just saw the tree fall down on the house," said Tom Gerschoffer.

Surreal is how Renee Pugh describes coming home to a tree on her front porch.  "You see these things in the movies but when it's actually your life, your family that could be injured or hurt it really puts a different perspective on it."

There was a tornado that was reported on the ground in Pulaski County.  The Pulaski County Sheriff's Department told us they had no reports of injuries.  But the EMA has set up a shelter at the Bethel Bible Church on State Road 14 for anyone who needs it.  Also, Pulaski schools are under a two hour delay Monday.

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