Overnight storms leave two dead, thousands without power in Indiana

Limbs cover this car in Boone County
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Two northern Indiana residents died overnight when powerful storms moved through the state, and over 100,000 homes were without power.

A teenage boy died when a tree fell on his trailer in Winona Lake. A second person who was in that room suffered minor injuries. Also, a 64-year-old man died in Big Long Lake in LaGrange County when a tree fell on his house.

Over 100,000 homes were without power Tuesday morning at the height of the power outages. By midmorning Tuesday, four of Indiana's largest utilities reported about 128,000 homes and businesses still without power, down from nearly 150,000 outages reported at daybreak.

The National Weather Service says high winds knocked down trees, tree limbs and power lines across parts of northern and central Indiana and there were widespread reports of property damage.

Northern Indiana Public Service Co. reported about 78,000 of its customers without power as of 9:30 a.m., while Indiana Michigan Power had nearly 34,000 customers in the dark. Indianapolis Power & Light reported about 13,000 outages and Duke Energy had nearly 3,000 customers still without power.

A line of thunderstorms passed through central Indiana around 2:00 a.m., bringing high winds that knocked down trees and power lines.

Boone County reports State Road 75 closed between county roads 500 and 600 south because of downed power lines.  Crews estimate several days to clear the roadway.  A tree fell on a house on East Street in Lebanon.

Strong winds left significant damage at a storage facility in Avon south of Rockville Road.

More than 17,000 Duke Energy customers were without power at 4:30 a.m. That number was reduced to a little over 3,000 customers by 8:00 am.  IPL reported almost 20,000 customers in the dark in Marion County at 5:39 am. By 8:00 am, around 17,000 were still without power in the Indianapolis area.

Traffic signals were out at several key intersections for the morning rush hour in Indianapolis, causing significant back-ups on Fall Creek Parkway.

Trees and limbs are blocking streets and roads in multiple counties.  Motorists should use extra caution.