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Severe weather hits Michiana, tornado warnings & damage

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Severe thunderstorms hit Michiana Saturday evening.

The storms looked impressive on radar as they sparked warning after warning.

At one point, after 6 p.m. a tornado warning was issued to include the city of South Bend, no tornadoes were reported.

A firefighter told ABC 57's Brian Dorman that rotation was detected along the 20 bypass in St. Joseph County but nothing developed.

Lightning hit the backyard of a house in St. Joseph County off Crumstown Highway causing a light switch inside the house to smoke.

Fire crews were called to the home to inspect the smoke. They told our crew on the scene that an electrician was at a party being held at the house and jumped into action turning off the breaker. His efforts are believed to have stopped a fire from starting.

Large trees were knocked over in Marshall County. Especially hit hard by wind damage was La Paz. Several trees were blown over. Including a large tree in the front yard of a home off of U.S. 31 The tree which blew over at the base nearly hit the house.

Power outages were also widespread from southwest Michigan into NW Indiana.

No injuries were reported.

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