It was clean-up day for parts of Indiana, after strong storms moved through the region overnight.
In Daviess County, people shared their experience. “It sounded like a freight train to be honest with you,” said Washington resident Jim Davis.
After prodding from his wife, Davis went outside to see the damage, as soon as the storm passed. “This building blowed over at my neighbors and it ended up right in front of my house, got a heck of a mess there,” said Davis.
Officials have already completed their preliminary damage assessment. Daviess County Emergency Management Director Paul Goss told WTWO News, the biggest losses occurred on area farms. Straight line winds destroyed several grain bins, and damaged some sheds and equipment.
“I was totally shocked and the more I looked at it, it was like ‘Oh my God’, this is unbelievable,” said Washington resident Bob Filder.
A significant number of utility poles are no longer standing straight. Some came down, but many ended up bent or angled. Also, an Indianapolis Power and Light tower in the county was damaged.
“It’s been quite an ordeal, one of the strangest winds I’ve seen here, since I moved in,” said Washington resident Cory Batchelor.
For a time, it appeared Daviess County had dodged the worst of the storm, but Mother Nature delivered a bit of surprise, The damaging winds blew through just minutes after a tornado watch expired.
“When you get up to 70 degrees in February, I don’t think anything becomes out of the realm of possibilities. So shock I wasn’t expecting it, but I’m not really surprised, just part of the fun,” said Batchelor.
“It could be worse. I’m alive and a lot of people had worse things than this, so praise the Lord,” said Davis.