Unexpected tornadoes just outside of Michiana
The radar imagery with the storm was not extremely impressive, and certainly did not scream "severe weather" or "tornadoes." Looking closer, though, the velocity product on radar showed a couplet and tight rotation just south of Angola where the tornadoes formed. In fact, radar was suggesting and picking up on rotation for about 20 minutes while the storm traversed Steuben County. Thankfully, the rotation wasn't strong enough to produce a tornado for that entire duration.No Tornado Warning was issued by the NWS during either tornado's lifetime, but a Severe Thunderstorm Warning was issued once the storm passed to the east of Angola and entered Ohio and Michigan. Still, the City of Angola did sound its tornado sirens while the storm impacted the region. Dating back to 1950, these tornadoes hit closer to downtown Angola than any previous tornado.
No significant structural damage was reported with either twister, but that could have been different if they occurred just a few miles north in the more populated center of Angola, which has a population of more than 8,000. While this was all happening, there was rain falling in parts of Elkhart, LaGrange, Cass, and St. Joseph (MI) Counties. Some of that rain was extremely heavy and led to instances of flooding. Meanwhile, the rest of Michiana was basking in sunshine, believe it or not.