Lightning causes power outages, damage after storm
Lightning strikes caused several house fires
Last Updated: 164 days ago
INDIANAPOLIS - The heat and humidity caused scattered thunderstorms throughout the day Sunday, some of them prompting the issuance of warnings and causing damage across central Indiana.
The National Weather Service said 3.75 inches of rain fell in 90 minutes on the city's west side.
At one point after the storm, lanes of Interstate 465 on the city's north side were temporarily closed because of downed power lines.
Officials with the Indianapolis Zoo said that a zoo employee was indirectly struck by lightning in a non-public area during the storm. The security guard was conscious with no visible burns and was recovering at Wishard Memorial Hospital. Officials said his vital signs were strong and there were no issues with guests during the storm.
Fire crews stayed busy after the storm on reports of several house fires that officials believed were storm-related.
A vacant house in the 6500 block of Point East Court was struck by lightning and crews with the Indianapolis Fire Department estimated $130,000 worth of damage was caused to the structure. No injuries were reported.
Other fires were reported in the 700 block of Piedmont Drive, in the 100 block of Bloomfield Lane and in the 16000 block of Etna Green Drive. No injuries were reported.
There were reports of minor wind damage from downed trees on Indianapolis' west side and in Avon, but no reports of serious damage.
There were also reports of up to 3/4-inch hail.
The storms moved very slowly, so isolated flash flooding was possible and some warnings were issued.
Thousands of Indianapolis Power and Light customers lost power during the storm, mostly on the west side of the city.
At one point, about 13,000 Duke Energy customers were without power, most of them in Morgan County.
Experts said it was coincidentally Lightning Safety Week and had advice for how to stay safe.
Experts recommend to stay indoors during a lightning storm and to stay off corded phones, avoid electrical items, avoid windows, stay off front porches and bring pets inside.
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