Indiana Homeowner Disputes Weather Service Account of Storm

June 22, 2015

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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