Severe storm Monday night officially classified as a derecho

Storm damage on the city's southwest side
Storm damage on the city's southwest side(Staff)
Published: Jun. 14, 2022 at 2:41 PM EDT
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) - The Storm Prediction Center has officially classified Monday night’s storm complex as a derecho.

This storm complex produced damaging winds including a 98 mph gust in Fort Wayne as well as a 76 mph gust in Yoder. Severe winds (gusts equal to or greater than 58 mph) were measured in Defiance, Kosciusko, Putnam, and Whitley counties.

A severe outbreak may be classified as a derecho if it produces 58 miles per hour or greater winds along most of a 240-mile path. Although derechos produce damage paths similar to tornadoes, typically the damage occurs in one direction.

This is the strongest derecho to hit Fort Wayne since June 2012 an the first since 2020. That derecho produced a then-record 91 mph wind gust at Fort Wayne International Airport. That record was broken with yesterday’s 98 mph gust.

The airport says they saw various degrees of damage at their facilities, and luckily, no one was injured. They say flights throughout the morning have been canceled or significantly delayed.

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