Extensive damage in Peru as severe storms hit

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PERU, Ind.—Widespread damage was seen across Peru, Ind. as stormed rolled into the area Wednesday afternoon.

Fox 59 News viewers sent photos showing broken trees, scattered debris and extensive damage to several businesses and other buildings.

peru wx radarA snapshot of a live guardian radar at 1:14 p.m. captured strong storms moving into the area.

Officials with the National Weather Service in Northern Indiana told Fox 59 the damage seen in Peru relates well with 90 mph wind gusts. Wind speeds of 50 to 70 mph were

radar of rotation Peru

Radar shows storms in Peru were likely a micro burst or straight line wind event.

detected on the radar in the area.

“It does look like we had a micro burst or an intensification of winds in the Peru area,” said Meteorologist Michael Lewis. “But there was no indication of circulation via radar at this point that we can see.”

The Peru Fire Department said no injuries have been reported.  Officials said they have received many reports of downed power lines and several electrical fires.

The following photos were sent by Fox 59 Street Team members:

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