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Storms cause lightning strikes, power outages, flooding

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A lightning strike caused a fire at a Whiteland home. A lightning strike caused a fire at a Whiteland home.
Lightning lit up the sky in Downtown Indianapolis Thursday morning Lightning lit up the sky in Downtown Indianapolis Thursday morning
Rains created heavy flooding on many major roadways Rains created heavy flooding on many major roadways

Indianapolis - High winds caused power outages at several locations across central Indiana Wednesday night, and lightning strikes damaged at least two homes.

A family was forced out of their Whiteland home after lightning struck and caused a fire. It happened on LaSalle Court near US 31. Lightning also struck a Carmel home, causing some siding to blow off.

Fire crews in Johnson County had several reports of lightning striking trees and homes, but the LaSalle Court fire was the most severe situation. A direct hit sparked a fire, fire fighters confirmed.

When fire fighters arrived after 8:30 pm, they found flames shooting through the roof. The female homeowner was the only one inside at the time. She said she heard a loud bang and immediately got out of the house. She was not injured.

The lightning hit the master bedroom suite upstairs. That's where most of the damage is.

"The residents were here at the time of the fire," said Chief Dave Gabbard, Whiteland Fire Department. "When I arrived they were trying to put the fire out with their garden hoses. I immediately got them away from the house. Made room for all the incoming apparatus. There's gonna be water damage throughout the house, smoke damage, fire damage is gonna be contained to the second floor master bedroom suite area."

The weather at the time was 30-mph winds, heavy rain and lightning.


As of early Thursday, Indianapolis Power and Light reported that power was out to about 4,900 customers in the city and Duke Energy reported another 3,100 outages in surrounding areas. (Check IPL outages here.)

Power lines were down across Franklin Road at 48th Street in Lawrence, and traffic lights were out at US 31 and Shelby Street.

Small tree limbs and power lines were down in Morgan County and in the Mt. Comfort area.

On 86th Street between Lafayette and I-65 a tree fell on a pick-up truck.

Flooding
 
The National Weather Service issued a flood watch for much of central Indiana and said 3 to 4 inches of rain could fall. Street flooding was reported in Vincennes, Linton and Rockville.

Shelby between Stop 11 and County Line Rd shutdown  -  Vehicles actually got stuck in high water in this area forcing crews to close it down.

Other areas include:

I-465 underwater near Crawfordsville rd.

56th & Meridian near Kessler in Indianapolis

I-65 Northbound near the Southport Exit 

 

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