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Storms tear through the valley

Monday, April 3, 2006

Ivy Herron photos

Top -- a barn at 7415. N. C.R. 200 E. was blown over during high winds Sunday night.

Bottom -- a walnut tree fell on Jane Mercer's home, 120 E. Church St. The tree fell through a back bedroom.

- Nearly 120,000 electric customers left without power in central Indiana




The Associated Press

Once again, Clay County fared better than our neighbors.

A line of severe thunderstorms spawned tornado warnings in counties east and south of Brazil, but according to the Clay County Sheriff's Dept., the only damage reported in Clay County was downed trees, power lines and other debris. No injuries had been reported at press time.

Some examples of local damage:

- On Church Street, near Eastside School in Brazil, a large walnut tree fell onto a house.

- A large tree fell on a mobile home occupied by Audrey Morlan and her son, Claude Hill.

- On Billville Road, a barn and a metal garage were destroyed and a tree fell onto a house.

- On Kennedy's Crossing Road, a large wooden grainery owned by Timothy Weaver was rolled off its foundation.

"I don't know what to do with it," Weaver said. "It's not torn up. It just rolled."

Weaver estimates damage to be about $3,000.

As of Monday morning, there were "road hazards everywhere," according to a Clay County Sheriff's Dept. spokesman.

Drivers were urged to exercise care as they traveled through the county.

A "Doppler-indicated" tornado warning was issued for northwest Clay County Sunday evening, according to WTHR-TV, Indianapolis. However, that line of storms quickly headed north of Clay County into Parke County, affecting Rosedale and headed toward Rockville.

Storms did knock out power in northeastern Clay County for a period of time.

But the majority of the power outages in the Wabash Valley occurred to the south and west of Clay County, Cinergy reported.

Throughout central Indiana, tens of thousands of customers were without power Monday morning. Cinergy crews were kept so busy through the night Sunday and into Monday, the planned unveiling of a new sign for Duke Energy, Cinergy's parent company, was canceled, said Rick Burger, manager of Cinergy's Brazil District.

Severe weather blew through Sullivan County, knocking WTWO-TV's, Farmersburg, Ind., studios and transmitter off the air for a period of time and causing some equipment in the station to malfunction, said Meteorologist Dan Reynolds after the station went back on the air.

Putnam County residents suffered large hail and damaging winds, WTHR-TV reported. There was also a possible tornado that touched down near Greencastle.

Possible tornado rips through Indianapolis

A possible tornado or series of twisters that touched down as many as eight times caused widespread property damage and at least nine injuries across central and southern Indiana, emergency officials said Monday.

The storm punched through downtown Indianapolis on Sunday night just after thousands of people had left a John Mellencamp rock concert on Monument Circle, blowing dozens of windows out of a bank office tower and sending fans scrambling for cover.

"Thank God nobody was hurt," Mayor Bart Peterson told WTHR-TV in Indianapolis. "We're very grateful for that."

The free concert was part of the NCAA men's basketball Final Four festivities, which wind up with the championship game between UCLA and Florida at the nearby RCA Dome on Monday night.

There appeared to be no damage to the Dome, said Bob Demuth of the State Emergency Management Agency.

Demuth, a shift supervisor for SEMA's Emergency Operations Center, said the most widespread damage was reported in Daviess, Martin, Orange and Lawrence counties in the southern part of the state.

Logan Johnson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said teams of weather experts will investigate debris in downtown Indianapolis, Jackson County and Jennings County on Monday morning to determine whether it was tornadoes that caused damage.

"With as widespread and extensive as it is, it's very hard to know where to start. It could take several days before we know the full extent of what happened," he said.

Minor injuries were reported throughout the storm's path, but none were believed to be serious.

Cars and mobile homes in the J&L Trailer Park in Elizabethtown, about 50 miles southeast of Indianapolis, were toppled when a suspected tornado touched down, said Sandra Turner, a dispatcher for the Jennings County Sheriff's Department.

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