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Severe Storms Hit Central Indiana Thursday Night
Updated November 1, 2013 7:10 AM | Filed under: Weather
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(INDIANAPOLIS) - Severe weather pushed through Central Indiana on Thursday.

A Tornado Watch was issued for counties south of Indianapolis -- including Johnson, Shelby, Rush, Bartholomew, Morgan and Monroe counties -- until 2 a.m.

A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for Brown County, Lawrence County, Bartholomew County, Jackson County, and Monroe County Thursday night.

The storms caused a number of power outages throughout the area. IPL reported more than 17,000 people without power in some areas. Duke Energy reported nearly 12,000 people without power throughout the state. Duke reported there were 27 people without power in Lawrence County and 168 in Monroe County.

The storms carried wind gusts in excess of 60 mph in several areas and knocked over trees throughout the region.

The 75 mph wind reported in Muncie caused power lines to be blown down. High tension lines near 23rd and Gharkey knocked out power nearly 2,000 AEP customers before power was restored in the wee hours of Friday morning.

The Eagle Creek area saw over 2 inches of rain. Many other areas around the city saw about 1 inch of rain. The heaviest rain totals are from near Vincennes to Indy to Marion.

The biggest threat that we will see from this system is wind. Winds are seeing sustained winds in the 15-25 miles per hour range. Gusts so far have peaked around 40 miles per hour.

The wind caused a number of power lines to fall in the Indy area.

Heavy winds in Clinton caused a roof to collapse on an apartment complex. No one was hurt in the collapse. However, about 96 people were displaced from their home.

In Castleton, high wind gusts caused large trees to bend halfway over and it caused electrical transformers to blow.

In Beech Grove, there was thunderstorm wind damage to a live tree, 20 inches in diameter, and the tree was broke off its base.

In Fishers, storm winds caused downed trees at Eller and 106th Street. In Edinburgh, there are many power outages reported. Near Speedway, there was a report of a 62 mph wind gust.

The rain ended after midnight and Friday will be dry, cool and breezy. Highs top out in the upper 50s with wind gusts up to 25 mph.

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