The National Weather Service has now issued a high wind warning for Kosciusko and surrounding counties. This advisory is in effect until 7 p.m. this evening.
The strong winds have caused trees and branches to fall into roads and power lines across the county. Southwest winds will increase to 35 to 45 mph with wind gusts up to 60 mph today.
Large trees and branches will be blown down. Power poles may be downed and power outages are possible. Unsecured objects such as garbage cans will be blown about by the strong wind. The NWS now reports light and high profile vehicles may be blown off the road.
The NWS notes a high wind warning means a hazardous high wind event is expected or occurring. Sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or more can lead to property damage. Please use extra caution while traveling today.
Downed trees and power lines have been reported in the following areas:
- A fallen tree has been reported in the roadway of 500 East.
- A tree struck and caught fire on a power line located on Country Club Road and Winona Beach Drive, Winona Lake.
- A power line has been reported down on Backwater Road, North Webster.
- A road hazard has been reported on Blue Heron Drive, Warsaw.
- A tool shed was reported in the roadway on Union Street.
In addition, a flood warning has been extend for Kosciusko, Wabash and Whitley counties. Runoff from recent heavy rainfall will continue to cause rises on the Eel River at North Manchester.
The NWS has advised drivers not to drive through flooded areas as water may be too deep to allow safe passage. Never allow children to play in or near flood waters and asks for residents to stay tuned to local media for further statements and updated forecasts.