Gusty storms whip tree limbs onto roadways, knock power out for thousands

INDIANAPOLIS - Storms knocked out power and knocked down tree limbs across Indiana, resulting in traffic lights out, roads blocked and thousands without electricity.

We clocked winds of at least 70 mph in central Indiana in the round of storms that pushed through an hour or two after midnight.

In Indianapolis, several traffic lights were without juice early Tuesday, particularly along Fall Creek Parkway. Tree limbs were blocking parts of the roadway across the city, as well.

Other storm damage was apparent at businesses like Jay Orner And Sons Billiard Co. (pictured), where structures were completely ripped from buildings.

Johnson County EMA spokesman Mike Watkins said the most significant damage seen in his county was at the Value City strip mall, with windows blown out by the high winds.

Watkins said trees fell across a home on Bomar Street in Greenwood and trees were across several roadways:

  • 4000 block of Rocklane Road
  • Golden Grove Road
  • 3600 block of North Harrison Street in Needham
  • Needham Street and County Road 700 East
  • State Road 135 and CR 675 west
  • CRs 11 North and 150 West

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Thousands were without power across Indiana after the storms passed. As of noon Tuesday, Indianapolis Power & Light reported about 5,300 customers without power.

Meanwhile, Duke Energy had more than 2,600 customers without power.

IMAGES | Gusts cause damage across central Indiana

Tree limbs and trees themselves were knocked over by the gusts of wind across Indiana and in Indianapolis. Keep an eye on our Twitter to see current traffic updates and tree limbs on roads.

StormTeam 6's Ashley Brown says the last of the severe weather should be moving away from the state as of 6:30 a.m., though we could see pop-up showers across Indiana for the rest of the day. Check out the rest of today's forecast to stay ahead of the rain.


A wind gust of 70 mph in western Marion County was reported as storms moved into the Indianapolis area a little after 2 a.m.

Power lines were reported down along State Road 75 three miles south of Advance in Boone County.

A 65 mph wind gust was reported near Danville in Hendricks County.

There were numerous reports of trees and power lines down, along with some scattered damage in far northern Indiana.

A watch was not issued for central Indiana, but a severe thunderstorm watch was in place for northern Indiana during the early-morning hours Tuesday.

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