STRONG STORM HITS: Central part of Whitley pummeled by roaring thunderstorm

COLUMBIA CITY – A strong thunderstorm roared through central Whitley County shortly before 6 p.m. Monday, with winds topping 50 mph, accompanied by torrential rain and lightning.The temperature plummeted from 93 degrees to 73 in the span of less than 15 minutes as the storm hit. In Columbia City, rain fell at the rate of nearly two inches per hour as sustained winds of 35-40 mph gusted to more than 50 mph.There were no immediate reports of catastrophic damage, no tornadoes or personal injury. Watch for updates on this website and details in Tuesday's Post & Mail.