VAN WERT – A thunderstorm microburst was responsible for storm damage in the southeastern part of Van Wert County on Wednesday evening, according to Rick McCoy, Emergency Management Director.

The town of Monticello took the blunt of the strong winds, said McCoy with winds estimated at 60 to 70 mph. Snapped trees along with numerous limbs and power lines were down in the town. Yard furniture was also tossed into the street and across neighbors properties. State route 117 had to be closed by the Van Wert County Sheriff Department and the Spencerville Fire Department both on the north and south side of town due to trees blocking the highway. No structural damage was reported and AEP worked into the night to restore power to the town.

The Van Wert County Sheriff Dispatch initially began receiving calls just prior to 8:30 p.m. reporting damage in the town. The storm which originated near Decatur, Indiana, moved north of Willshire and began strengthening near Ohio City. By the time it reached Monticello, it was reaching severe limits which caused the damage.

The storm then moved into Allen County where the National Weather Service then proceeded to issue a Severe Thunderstorm Warning as it passed the Spencerville area. Damage was also reported in Lima. The storms also dumped some welcome rains in extreme southern part of Van Wert County ranging from a half inch to one inch. Further north, Van Wert just received light rain and the northern half of the county received none at all.

McCoy said further north and south though, stronger storms dumped heavy rain with 3.5 inches reported around Kalida in Putnam County and 5 to 6 inches of rain falling south of us near Muncie, Indiana.

The town of Monticello took the blunt of the strong winds, said McCoy with winds estimated at 60 to 70 mph. Snapped trees along with numerous limbs and power lines were down in the town. Yard furniture was also tossed into the street and across neighbors properties. State route 117 had to be closed by the Van Wert County Sheriff Department and the Spencerville Fire Department both on the north and south side of town due to trees blocking the highway. No structural damage was reported and AEP worked into the night to restore power to the town.

The Van Wert County Sheriff Dispatch initially began receiving calls just prior to 8:30 p.m. reporting damage in the town. The storm which originated near Decatur, Indiana, moved north of Willshire and began strengthening near Ohio City. By the time it reached Monticello, it was reaching severe limits which caused the damage.

The storm then moved into Allen County where the National Weather Service then proceeded to issue a Severe Thunderstorm Warning as it passed the Spencerville area. Damage was also reported in Lima. The storms also dumped some welcome rains in extreme southern part of Van Wert County ranging from a half inch to one inch. Further north, Van Wert just received light rain and the northern half of the county received none at all.

McCoy said further north and south though, stronger storms dumped heavy rain with 3.5 inches reported around Kalida in Putnam County and 5 to 6 inches of rain falling south of us near Muncie, Indiana.