Storms, possible tornadoes blow through Indiana
Storm chasers - and a 14-year-old boy - captured images of a funnel cloud in Montgomery County Tuesday evening.
Authorities had no reports of injuries from Tuesday evening's storms.
Meteorologist Dave Tucek tells The Associated Press it appears a tornado struck near the Montgomery County town of New Ross based on video of the storm and damage. Utility crews were working Wednesday morning to restore power to about 150 customers in the area about 30 miles northwest of Indianapolis.
A team from the weather service will not visit the site. From eyewitness accounts and video of the event, they feel it isn't necessary.
The National Weather Service will call it an EF-1 tornado (EF1, 86-110 winds). It's believed the twister was on the ground for about a half mile and was 75 yards long.
No damage was reported from another possible tornado further west near the community of Yeddo in Fountain County.
Bartholomew County Emergency Operations Center director Ed Reuter says a reported tornado near Columbus was unfounded.
A 14-year-old Montgomery County boy and his father heard the warnings as the storm clouds moved through, but wanted to take a closer look.
"We went about two miles from where it actually hit and we saw the funnel cloud bouncing up and down and then it finally caught and rotated and got a touchdown. Of course, I was lucky enough to get a video and we didn't think it would hit this close," said Evan Demaree.
Wind blew metal siding from one of them, and wrapped the metal around power lines and trees. Duke Energy crews worked through the night to restore lines along Ladoga Road, which was closed at the intersection of 775 East, just west of New Ross.
The house next to the barn had several broken windows and damage to its roof.
Volunteers and firefighters worked well into the night cleaning up and securing the house. Across the road, wind smashed a barn and took down several huge trees, throwing limbs against another house.
Witnesses say the funnel cloud was on the ground less than a minute.
Chris Edwards is a severe weather specialist who estimated the storm to be an F-1 tornado. "It was a stovepipe tornado," he told Eyewitness News Tuesday night. It was on the ground for 45 seconds, give or take. The storm just tightened up real quickly, set the tornado down in one field, moved over to the next field, hit two houses and dissipated."
As the storms were hitting northwest of Indianapolis, another tornado warning was issued for south central Indiana.
North of Edinburgh, hail about the size of dimes fell as part of the severe thunderstorm system. Visibility was very poor in driving rain, forcing drivers along I-65 to pull off under overpasses for protection.
Wednesday morning, Flat Rock-Hawcreek Schools called for a two-hour delay in the northern part of the county due to rural flooding.
The rain reduced traction, leading to several slide-off accidents along the highway, as well.
See a slide show of images from the storms.
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