Here we go again

Wednesday, July 14, 2004

A trailer parked at Great Dane blew over in Tuesday's storm.

-Storm damage extensive in Clay County, officials say

Today is forecast to be sunny and mild. That was definitely not the case Tuesday night.

By 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, the Clay County Sheriff's Department had been flooded with calls about downed tree limbs and people without electricity.

Brazil, Clinton and Terre Haute were among the hardest hit areas of the storm, said Cinergy spokesperson Angeline Protegere. About 136,000 customers lost power Tuesday, 6,400 of them in the Brazil area. As of 5 a.m. today, about 51,000 customers were still without power statewide and 1,800 of those were in the Brazil area.

Cinergy estimates power will be restored to most customers by late tonight.

In Cardonia, near Carbon in northern Clay County, a large piece of sheet metal blew through the town, said a Sheriff's dispatcher.

In Brazil, many trees were blown over or split by the winds clocked at 62 mph, according to WTWO NewsChannel 2 Meteorologist Jesse Walker.

A little over one-half inch of rain fell during the storm, said Nathan Stoelting, District Technician for the Clay County Soil Office.

In addition to sunny skies today, the other bright news is that there were no reports of serious injury due to the storm.

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