Storms cause power outages, house fires in central Indiana

Storm clouds in Avon on Sunday - photo courtesy Tekendra Graham via Facebook
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Strong thunderstorms caused thousands of power outages in central Indiana on Sunday afternoon, and heavy rain prompted flood warnings for some areas. Several house fires are being reported this afternoon, with lightning as the suspected cause.

Over two inches of rain fell in less than an hour in Speedway Sunday afternoon.

The storms brought numerous lightning strikes, causing over 4,000 outages for IPL customers and over 11,000 for Duke Energy customers.

Indianapolis Zoo spokesman John Glesing said shortly after 3:30 Sunday afternoon, a security officer suffered an indirect lightening strike in a non-public area of the zoo near its administration building.

Capitol Police and emergency responders arrived in less than 10 minutes. As the ambulance left for Wishard Hospital, the officer was conscious and suffered no serious injuries.

There were no issues with Zoo guests during the severe thunderstorm.

As of 5:30 pm, IPL reported about 3,500 outages while Duke had over 11,000, with 4,000 in Boone and 6,000 in Morgan Counties as well as scattered outages in other counties.

A lightning strike was suspected of sparking a devastating house fire in the 6500 block of Pointe East Court in Fishers. That's just off 96th Street not far from Masters Road.

Fire crews are also at the scene of a house fire in Westfield on Etna Green Drive, another on E. Bloomfield Lane and one on Piedmont Drive.

Reports indicate downed power lines on I-465, prompting INDOT to close all lanes for up to an hour at I-865 on the northwest side.

There are numerous reports of trees down.

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