Thousands of residents lose power as severe weather moves through Indiana

Power lines, trees down

INDIANAPOLIS - Thousands of residents in central Indiana woke up without electricity Friday after severe weather moved across the state Thursday evening, leaving a trail of downed trees and power lines. 

High winds and heavy rain accompanied the storms, prompting tornado watches and severe thunderstorm warnings.

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There were reports of strong wind gusts up to 70 miles per hour as the system moved through the state.

As the system moved out of central Indiana, many reports of downed trees and power lines came in.

As of 11:00 a.m., Indianapolis Power & Light reported almost 6,300 homes and businesses without power in Indianapolis. A majority of the outages were reported on the city's south side. 

Duke energy reported almost 1,200 outages about 11:00 a.m., with the majority of outages were in Bartholomew, Boone and Hamilton counties.

Storm Team 6 Chief Meteorologist Kevin Gregory said severe weather threats had ended to the west of the line of storms. Different segments of the storm were moving at different speeds.

A new rainfall record was set with more than 1.4 inches of rain across the state. 

Watch RTV6 for more weather updates.

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