Heavy rain, lightning, cause fires, power outages

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Heavy rain is moving through metro Indianapolis after dumping several inches in counties in north central Indiana.

As of 10:00 am, West Lafayette had 2.21 inches; Zionsville had 1.69, Carmel had 1.27 and downtown Indianapolis had .74.

At the Indianapolis International Airport, the National Weather Service recorded 1.08 inches, the most rain since June 23rd when 1.43 inches fell.

Traffic signals were knocked out at 38th and High School Road, and IPL reported approximately 1,700 customers out of power on the west side of Indianapolis.

Fire crews in Hamilton, Hendricks and Boone counties were busy responding to alarms and possible lightning strikes as the storms moved through.

In Carmel, fire crews are working on a possible lightning strike at Bub's Burgers on Main Street at the Monon Trail. Damage reported by Carmel firefighters appears to be exterior siding, and Main Street was blocked until shortly after 7:00 a.m.  The owner of Bub's tells us he is hoping to be open for lunch.

Flooding will be a concern with the heavy rain. 

Approximately 2,200 Duke Energy customers were without power in Tippecanoe County after 5:15 a.m.  Howard County showed just over 100 customers in the dark.  A half hour later, Monroe County reported almost 1,000 outages, while those in Tippecanoe County had been restored.

Radar estimates show that between 2 and 5 inches of rain has fallen in various areas.  Lafayette measured .94" while Kokomo showed 1.73" had fallen by 4:00 a.m.  Carmel and Zionsville topped more than inch of rainfall as the line of storms moved south.

As we go through the morning, heavy rain, frequent lightning, and flooding is a concern.  The line will continue to push south and southeast.

Southeast Indiana is under a slight risk of severe weather on Friday.

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