An eastern Indiana man who suffered storm damage earlier this month is challenging the National Weather Service’s ruling that straight-line winds caused the damage to his property.
Randy Hubbard tells The Star Press the June 8 storm blew out windows, tore the roof off and tossed 1,500-pound porch pillars from his log house northwest of Winchester.
Hubbard says an insurance adjuster and insurance engineer told him the damage was caused by a tornado. But the weather service blames straight-line winds.
Meteorologist Dave Tucek says the weather service reviewed pictures of the damage and downloaded radar data but found no evidence of rotation.
Whether straight-line winds or a tornado caused the damage doesn’t matter to Hubbard’s insurance company. It considers the house a total loss.
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