County storm damage limited

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

GREENCASTLE -- The thunderstorm which passed through Putnam County around noon Tuesday was apparently a lot of bark with little bite.

Winds topped 50 mph in some spots, power was interrupted in a number of locations and rain fell in sheets. Considering the fierceness of it all, though, damage was limited.

Putnam County Emergency Management Storm Spotter Chris Edwards told the Banner Graphic numerous trees were down county-wide, with damage ranging from small limbs to full-grown trees that were rotted in the middle.

"That's pretty much characteristic of 50 to 60 mph winds," Edwards said.

Gusts entered this range in some locations around the county.

"Winds ranged from the low 40s to the mid 50s. The highest one was 54 miles per hour up near North Putnam," Edwards said.

"There was some minor structural damage here and there from trees falling," he added. "There was a report of a tree falling onto a mobile home between Fillmore and Coatesville, but there were no injuries."

He added that the storm also saw a couple of slideoffs and trees on railroad tracks.

"There were some down trees over railroad tracks that caused a few minor delays on the railroads," Edwards said. "Other than that, everything's pretty much up and going again."

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