The storms that went through Elkhart around midnight Wednesday night were not a tornado. The National Weather Service says heavy tree damage and power outages was likely caused by straight line winds.
An NWS Meteorologist says soil saturated by above-average rainfall this spring may have contributed to the trees that were uprooted by the storms.
Steve Hart was working to clear branches out of his driveway and yard. But his big problem was an uprooted hundred-year-old walnut tree in his backyard.