Widespread storm damage reported in Tippecanoe County

Nov 18, 2013

Nearly 12,000 Duke Energy customers in Tippecanoe County remain without power this morning, after a series of strong storms swept through the area yesterday.

Tipmont REMC is still working to restore power to a few thousand homes.

Heavy rain and high winds brought down trees and power lines and caused damage to homes, schools, and businesses.

Much of the destruction occurred in the southern portion of Tippecanoe County.

Southwestern Middle School and Mintonye Elementary School each sustained significant damage, although no injuries were reported.

Portions of the roof were torn off Southwestern, and the gym was also badly damaged.

A wastewater treatment plant was flattened behind Mintonye, and basketball goals were ripped from the playground blacktop.

Tippecanoe School Corporation is closed today to give officials time to assess the damage and clear debris.

With the exception of Southwestern and Mintonye, district officials expect schools to re-open as usual tomorrow.

Some Greater Lafayette manufacturing companies also sustained major damage.

Subaru of Indiana Automotive has canceled its first shift production today because of damage to multiple areas of its Lafayette plant.

And about a third of the Voestalpine Rotec facility on US 52 south of Veteran’s Memorial Parkway was destroyed.

Manufacturing there has been suspended for at least a few days.

Loeb Stadium in Lafayette also sustained damage.

The scoreboard was destroyed as were large chunks of the wall surrounding the stadium.

Officials with the National Weather Service will be out today to determine if the damage was caused by tornadoes or straight-line winds.

Storm reports mentioned possible tornados in Tippecanoe, Clinton, Carroll, Benton, Fountain and Newton counties.