Much-needed rain comes with damaging winds

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Thousands of people lost power during Friday's severe weather. Hamilton County was hit especially hard, where people were happy for the rain, but suffered because of the high winds.

When the skies opened up, extreme drought gave way to downpours. Heavy rain drenched people and parched plants. Even penny-sized hail pounded the pavement and grass, which has been bone-dry for weeks.

But the much-needed rain came with consequences. Strong winds ripped a roof right off a barn in Noblesville, tearing a live power line down with it.

Kim McQueary's husband was inside the barn when it happened.

"He said he came out the back door and it seemed like someone had just peeled the top off our roof back like a tin can. Rafters were falling down and the roof came up over the barn and into the front," McQueary explained.

The stormed knocked down many power lines across the area. Police had to block traffic from the danger along 191st Street. And thousands of homeowners lost power in the storm too.

"I came home from work, walked in the door and no power," explained Jenny Lozano, Noblesville. "No AC and no nothing, so no fans, so we might be sitting outside tonight."

At the peak of the outages, about 18,000 IPL customers were in the dark. More than 49,000 Duke Energy customers lost power. The bulk of those - about 9,000 - were in Hamilton County.

Luckily for people suddenly without air conditioning, the storm did take about 30 degrees off the blazing heat.

"Yeah, I'm glad it's cooler. The storm actually brought the temperature down, so happy with that," said Romeo Lozano of Noblesville.

Despite the power outages, they're also happy for the rain, finally quenching lawns and landscaping that desperately needed a downpour.

"It's kind of a relief, because it's been so dry and so hot," Lozano said. "It's priceless. You can't beat it."