EF-1 tornado confirmed in Plainfield, Indianapolis

Cameron Meadows neighborhood in Hendricks County
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A weak EF1 tornado that did considerable damage in Hendricks and Marion counties cut an approximate two mile path in Plainfield and the southwest side of Indianapolis.

The National Weather Service says the first significant damage from the storm was at ADESA, a vehicle auction facility near US 40 and Ronald Reagan Parkway, around 2:30 p.m. A building was heavily damaged and more than 200 cars were impacted by flying debris.  Some minor straight line wind damage was seen west of the auction facility near Township Line Road and Smith Road.The tornado traveled northeast, damaging nearly two dozen homes in Hendricks County, along CR 200 South near CR 1050 East. A camping trailer was tossed through the air into a home, tearing off a significant portion of the roof of the house.

From there, the tornado continued tracking through the Bentwood subdivision, to the Cameron Meadows subdivision in Indianapolis. The tornado was still classified as an EF-1 as it tore through the subdivision, with winds estimated at 95 to 100 miles an hour.

The tornado lifted at approximately 2:40 p.m., but the storm's straight-line winds caused at least minor damage to 75 to 100 homes from I-465 at Rockville Road all the way to Speedway.

Residents recounted some frightening moments as the storm approached.

"She was sitting there playing on her phone. I was listening to the radio. The warning came across and the sirens started going off so I started watching out the back window about southwest of here and I could see it starting to form," said Terry Abbott, a Cameron Meadows resident, who was at home with his young daughter. "Maybe two minutes later I started seeing debris. That's when I told her to go to the bathroom. Grab the dog and go to the bathroom. I stood there and watched it for as long as I could and we just started getting pelted with debris so I had to go into the bathroom with her.""It was horrifying. The house shook. There was a loud boom. It scared me really bad. I had to run to my powder room downstairs because I thought the roof was gonna cave in on top of me because I was in my bedroom,"said Shirl Greenlee.

Emergency crews are assessing the damage.

If you don't live in the Cameron Meadows neighborhood, you are asked to stay out as police and fire crews help residents clean up.

Wednesday Forecast

The updated SkyTrak 13 7-day forecast shows a daily chance of a shower or storm, but there will be more dry than wet hours and the focus now shifts to hot air building into the weekend.  Expect upper 80s and lower 90s for a high Saturday and Sunday with heat indices in the upper 90s to near 100.

Heat and humidity will be the focus for the end of the week and the weekend. We are forecasting highs in the upper 80s and lower 90s Friday through Sunday. There are only slight rain/storm chances each day. There will be plenty of dry weather for your outdoor activities through the weekend.

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