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Indiana farm loan delinquencies were down slightly last month compared to the same time last year. But, that doesn’t mean farmers aren’t worried about their financial health.

Indiana’s United States Department of Agriculture Farm Service Office says they are currently lending to about 1,500 farmers, and just shy of 1 percent of them are behind on their loans.

Steve Brown is Indiana’s Farm Service Agency Executive Director. He says it will take some time for farmers to feel the impacts of delayed planting this spring.

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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. 

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Two survey teams will be dispatched to survey tornado damage that was reported on the afternoon/evening, 27 May 2019. One area to be surveyed is from southeast Fulton county to northern Wabash. The second is an area from Grant county to Wells county.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says preliminary storm reports show that 52 tornadoes may have touched down Monday across eight states as waves of severe weather swept across the nation's mid-section.

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Simon Pagenaud has won his first Indianapolis 500, making an audacious pass of Alexander Rossi before taking the white flag and holding off the hard-charging driver from Andretti Autosport.

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 Tuesday’s storm left more than 28 thousand people without power, but this time of year in Michiana, snow and ice storms happen pretty regularly.

Geoffrey Heidelberger is a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Northern Indiana.

After last week’s subzero temperatures and a swing that starts this week near fifty above zero, some local emergency management officials are worried about flooding.

Fast thawing, potential rainfall and ice floes in rivers diverting water could cause some flooding in prone areas. Officials are not concerned that this will be as bad as flooding that happened last February.

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Temperatures this weekend into Tuesday topped 90. Some storms Tuesday night and into Wednesday are expected to cool Michiana down.

It’s not usually this warm in late May.

Megan Dodson is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. She said the recent heat wave is out of the ordinary.

 

Showers and thunderstorms dumped rain across Michiana this weekend and still are today.

Experts say the area might see some flooding but nothing like February.

 

Michiana has seen several inches of rain in the last couple days with more on the way this evening.

Sam Lashley is a senior meteorologist with the national weather service. He says so far flooding has been minor.

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Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb formally requested federal assistance for counties affected by February's flooding.
 

The disaster request, from the Governor’s office, addressed to the President of the United States, was sent out Friday, after the state was granted an extension to gather information.

 

 

This week is severe weather preparedness week, which means a statewide test of the tornado warning system on Tuesday.

Severe Weather Preparedness week activities are organized annually by the state branches of the National Weather Service.

Today’s tests of warning and communication systems will take place at 10:15 a.m. and will be broadcast on airwaves across the state including on WVPE.

 

  Icy road conditions across the area this morning resulted in many crashes and part of US 20 being closed.

Yesterday’s rain froze to roadways and new freezing rain fell making roadways treacherous this morning.

US 20 was closed between State Road 19 and County Road 17 to clear accidents and lay down salt and sand to prevent new ones.

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As Michiana starts to prepare for winter weather, road crews have been working to get plows, salt and drivers ready to roll.

Hiring, ordering salt and plow repairs are just a few things that local highway departments do to get ready for snow and winter weather.

Jeff Taylor is the manager of the Elkhart County Highway Department. He said one of the challenges this year was low unemployment in the county.

 

Michiana is likely to see a lot of precipitation this winter, but whether it’s in the form of rain or snow is still up in the air.

Forecasts are calling for snow showers Wednesday and Thursday. Meteorologist says this could be the first snowfall of a snowy winter but if the winds change the season could be rainy instead.

Cooler temperatures and an increase in moisture created a healthier environment for fir trees.

Freezing temperatures mean farmers can use equipment on their fields without worrying if the ground is too wet.