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Power poles in the 4000 block of Tillman Road were snapped in Sunday’s storm, resulting in school delays at several schools in the area.

Power losses, closed roads linger

Nearly 24 hours after severe storms whipped through the county, thousands of homes were still without power Monday, and several roads remained closed as crews worked to clear power lines and fallen electric poles.

Wind gusts of 55 mph combined with about 1 inch of rainfall throughout Allen County on Sunday, according to Nick Greenawalt, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Syracuse.

As of 3 p.m. Monday, several roads remained closed from storm damage that included downed power lines and poles.

Branstrator Road at Brindle Road, Yoder Road west of Branstrator Road, Branstrator Road at South County Line Road and Yoder Road at Coverdale Road, all remained closed Monday afternoon, Mike Green, public information director for the Allen County Commissioners, said.

Indiana Michigan Power officials said they hope to have power restored to all Fort Wayne residents by noon Wednesday.

At 10 p.m. Monday, about 3,200 city customers were still without power, according to a release from I&M Power.

After Sunday’s storm, about 8,400 city customers were without power, the release said. The Allen County Red Cross was working to open a shelter Monday night, the release said.

More than 600 Indiana Michigan Power employees, many working 16-hour shifts, continued the process of replacing and repairing power lines and poles, officials said.

Kosciusko REMC said Monday night about 350 members were without power, mainly in the areas of Dewart Lake, Chapman Lake and just east of Silver Lake.

“With a dozen broken poles still to repair, crews will be working through the night,” the electric cooperative said in a news release.

National Weather Service officials on Monday determined that a tornado had touched down in Van Wert County, Ohio.

The tornado first hit in Jackson Township near Ohio 637 and Feasby Wisener Road and traveled to the northeast for three miles before lifting at the Wetzel Motorcycle Club’s Wetzelland property east of Middle Point Wetzel Road, according to a release from the National Weather Service.

The same tornado lifted and came down again at the Paulding-Putnam county line and remained on the ground for about three miles before entering Cloverdale.

The tornado damaged several homes, a church, five barns and snapped several trees, the release said.

The Storm Prediction Center is reporting that as many as 81 tornado reports were documents on Sunday for Illinois, Indiana, western Kentucky and across Ohio, according to the release.

Greenawalt said skies should remain mostly clear thoughout today, but clouds and rain could return later this week.

“We’re seeing just a slight chance of some precipitation Wednesday night and the next chance of showers would be Thursday,” he said, adding that storms were not expected.