Thousands without power after Indiana storms
Indianapolis - A strong storm front crossing Indiana has disrupted travel and caused power outages to more than 60,000 customers, and the National Weather Service says a trained spotter saw a tornado near Kokomo.
The fast-moving storm prompted tornado warnings in counties all across central Indiana. Two tornadoes were confirmed - in Howard and Huntington Counties. Winds were clocked at more than 100 miles an hour in one place. In all, there were 47 tornado warnings in Indiana with 23 in WTHR's viewing area.
Duke Energy reported more than 40,000 outages across central and southern Indiana without electricity as of midday Tuesday, and Indianapolis Power & Light had nearly 16,000 in the dark. Indiana Michigan Power and Northern Indiana Public Service Co. reported scattered outages.
The Indiana Toll Road across the state's northern tier temporarily banned long double trailers and triple trailers because of high winds Tuesday morning. Indianapolis International Airport reported some flight delays, particularly to other Midwestern destinations.
The weather service says a spotter reported a tornado in a rural area east of Kokomo damaged some houses and a shed.
Indianapolis Power & Light Company (IPL) reported 17,000 power outages at the height of the storm. By 4:00 pm, that number was down to 4,400. As of 1:45 pm, Duke Energy Indiana reported over 17,000 homes without power. By 4:30 pm, they were down to about 7,600.
Extremely high winds associated with the storms knocked down trees and power lines throughout the IPL territory. This number could rise over the next few hours as IPL crews continue to assess the damage.
The public should take extra caution when clearing fallen trees, limbs and debris from yards. Downed power lines could be hidden beneath the debris. All downed lines should be considered energized and extremely dangerous.
To report downed power lines or to report an outage, call IPL's Lights Out number at 317.261.8111.
A jack-knifed semi was reported on I-70 westbound at Harding Street.
Tri-Central Community Schools dismissed at 11am because of a power outage.
Greenfield reported downed power lines, telephone poles leaning at an angle and part of a roof blown off a car wash.
Trees were reported down in Brownsburg, Danville, Plainfield and several other locations. Power lines were also reported down and stoplights were out.
Madison County recorded a wind gust of 63MPH at the Emergency Operation Center located six miles north of Anderson, IN.
A large truck turned over on State Road 28 & County Road 600W, believed to be a result of the high winds.
Roadways in northern Madison County are obstructed by numerous tree limbs and power lines down. Utility companies and highway department are responding at this time.
On county road 425N east of county road 200E, a tree is down into a residence.
The National Weather Service issued tornado warnings as the storm moved through central Indiana. Marion County was under a tornado warning until 10am.
A possible funnel cloud was reported north of Kokomo at 10am.
The storms brought heavy wind and sheets of rain Tuesday morning. On I-465 near the airport, some construction barriers and other debris were blown into the roadway by the wind.
A local storm report estimates local wind gusts in Washington in Daviess county at 60-70mph. Possible rotation has also been reported.
Several other counties are under a severe thunderstorm warning with a tornado watch.
The weather service had reports of downed trees in the Terre Haute area from the storm, which was expected to have wind gusts topping 60 miles an hour.
The storm follows a long dry spell during which the weather service has recorded less than 2 inches of rain in Indianapolis and Bloomington since Aug. 1. That has left most of southern Indiana under extreme or severe drought.
Expect some flight delays if you are headed to the airport Tuesday, especially to Midwest and Upper Great Lakes destinations.