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Fort Wayne storm notes: Severe weather headed our way

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 5:36 pm

ALLEN COUNTY HAS FLASH FLOOD WARNING

A continuous line of storms expected late Wednesday afternoon and evening could spawn an unusual weather event called a derecho – a massive storm of strong straight-line winds spanning at least 240 miles. That's what Allen County saw last year when it winds tore up sidewalks and ripped out trees. Chicago, Indianapolis, Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio, are in the path of the storm.

Allen County could see 1-4 inches PER HOUR of rain into Wednesday night. That's prompted a flash flood warning for the county and several northern Indiana cities, including Auburn, Columbia City, Huntington, Roanoke and Bluffton and the area around Van Wert, Ohio. Total rainfall could be 2-5 inches, according to the National Weather Service.

ALLEN COUNTY UNDER SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH

Damaging winds and tornadoes are possible with thunderstorms through 2 a.m. Thursday.

CHECK NEIGHBORHOOD STORM DRAINS

Because of recent heavy rains, Fort Wayne City Utilities is asking residents to clear neighborhood storm drains of debris if they become clogged that would prevent stormwater from flowing into the drain.

The amount of rain expected is similar to the recent rainfall that dropped about 5 inches on city streets in less than 7 hours into the morning of June 1, overwhelming the city's stormwater system and leading to flooding in some neighborhoods.

SEND IN PHOTOS

If the area experiences severe weather, send your photos with information to metro@news-sentinel.com throughout the evening.

Check back for updates.

IF YOUR POWER GOES OUT

NIPSCO is adding staff to its customer call center, calling in extra work crews and making other preparations for its electric distribution system in the event of any high wind damage Thursday in northern Indiana, according to a news release.

To report an outage:

Once you are in a safe place, you can report the problem a few different

ways:

1. From your smart phone or other mobile device – Search NIPSCO and your

device will be automatically directed to NISPCO's mobile site where you

will find a button on the main page to report an outage.

2. On your computer – Visit NIPSCO.com/OutageCenter and enter some basic

information about your location.

3. Via phone – Call 1-800-4NIPSCO (1-800-464-7726) and follow the

automated prompts. You can ask to receive a call back when power has

been restored.

Stay safe:

If someone in your family requires life support equipment, make prior arrangements for a backup power supply. This may mean having a back-up power supply such as a generator or going to a health care facility that has backup power.

Avoid opening the refrigerator or freezer. Food will stay frozen in a fully loaded freezer for 36 to 48 hours if the doors remain closed. If the freezer is half full, the food will generally keep 24 hours.

RED CROSS TORNADO APP, TIPS IN CASE OF TWISTER

In light of the forecast, the American Red Cross recommends that residents download the Red Cross tornado app to smart phones and set personalized alerts to stay safe. The app also features tips to prepare for disaster, what to do during and after to stay safe and ways to connect with family and friends after disaster strikes. The app can be downloaded from iTunes or the Google Play store or find more info at www.redcross.org/mobile-apps/tornado-app.

Here are some tornado tips that the agency suggests:

What should I do to prepare for a tornado?

*During any storm, listen to local news or a NOAA Weather Radio to stay informed about watches and warnings.

*Know your community's warning system. Allen County has a siren system.

*Pick a safe room in your home where household members and pets may gather during a tornado. This should be a basement, storm cellar or an interior room on the lowest floor with no windows.

*Move or secure lawn furniture, trash cans, hanging plants or anything else that can be picked up by the wind and become a projectile.

What do I do after a tornado?

*If you are away from home, return only when authorities say it is safe to do so.



*Wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt and sturdy shoes when examining your walls,doors, staircases and windows for damage.



*Watch out for fallen power lines or broken gas lines and report them to the

utility company immediately.



*Stay out of damaged buildings.



*Use battery-powered flashlights when examining buildings – do NOT use candles.



*If you smell gas or hear a blowing or hissing noise, open a window and get

everyone out of the building quickly and call the gas company or fire department.

*Take pictures of damage, both of the building and its contents, for insurance

claims.



*Use the telephone only for emergency calls.



*Clean up spilled medications, bleaches, gasoline or other flammable liquids that could become a fire hazard.

CHARGE DEVICES, GET FOOD AND BATTERIES READY

Take the time now to charge cell phones, laptops and other devices, so that if power goes out, electronic devices will have a maximum charge, recommends the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.

Essential supplies to gather ahead of time in case utilities are disrupted:

*Food and water for three days (includes a minimum of 1 gallon of water per person, per day)

*Battery operated or hand crank all hazards radio

*Flashlight

*Extra batteries for radio and flashlight

*Special items (baby formula, insulin, medications)

For more information visit GetPrepared.IN.gov.

MAYOR'S NEIGHBORHOOD WALK POSTPONED

The Mayor's Neighborhood Walk planned for 5-7 p.m. in the Papermill Bluffs addition has been postponed.