On August 30, 1945, a destructive storm of wind & hail struck Cass County at 8:30 p.m. This was part of an apparent complex of storms that dumped flooding, torrential rainfall in parts of the area in a short period of time.
In regards to severe weather, in a 2-mile wide swath across Cass County, damage was extensive & heavy. Total damage cost ended up at "several hundred thousand dollars" with damage to destruction of buildings, automobiles, powerlines/poles & crops. This damage bill would be in the millions of dollars today, inflation adjusted.
It was reported that the storm extended through a good chunk of the rural part of the county, though exact track is not mentioned.
At Peru, the storms produced a lightning strike to the Ordnance plant, resulting in $50,000 in damage (1945 dollars). $50,000 would be +$700,000 today.
Hail up to hen egg size was reported LaPorte to Michigan City, north of the viewing area.
Four deaths occurred on Snow Lake, in Steuban County, Indiana, when a severe storm from this event overtook them. The book was capsized & the fisherman drowned.
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