Storms damage Lafayette homes

Last night's storms caused damaged within the Saddlebrook subdivision.

Posted: Aug. 7, 2018 6:30 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Strong storms swept across northern Indiana late last night bringing high winds and lightning. Several reports of storm damage came across the region as the storms passed.

Several reports and pictures of storm damage were sent from the Saddlebrook subdivision in Lafayette. Multiple residents are still in shock after last night's events.

"I hadn't experienced anything like this before,” said Jonathan Dunn. This was one of his initial reactions after storms damaged his home late last night.

Severe weather swept across the northern half of the state bringing intense lightning and damaging winds. Part of the storm caught residents of the Saddlebrook subdivision by surprise.

"My wife and I had just gotten in bed and we're starting to fall asleep, trying to sleep through the storm. All of a sudden we heard this incredibly roaring wind. It was all of sudden, it didn't have any buildup to it,” said Dunn.

Daylight revealed downed trees, knocked over fences, damaged roofs and gutters.

Danny Brower happened to be outside when the storm hit. Strong winds resulted in him being knocked down by flying debris. "I went around the corner of the garage to run in the garage. A chair flew across the front of the garage, hit my leg, and knocked me down,” said Brower. Thankfully for Brower, he walked away with just scrapes and bruises.

Jonathan Dunn believes the damage could have been far worse. "It's was a big surprise, but very thankful for God's protection through it all that he kept us safe and our son safe and no harm done there. Everything that got damaged can be replaced,” he said.

Residents have been cleaning up whatever they can through the day. No official statement is yet to be released as to whether the damage was caused by straight line winds or a tornado. The residents hope to see surveyors out to determine the exact cause.

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