Strong winds cause damage around Circle City

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Extreme winds caused substantial damage all over Indianapolis, including downtown Thursday.

Jeff Parker was not even supposed to be at work Thursday.

“Just thought I would run down real quick, stayed for about an hour-and-a-half,” said Parker.  “It was about an hour-and-a-half too long.”

The front end of his car was smashed in when high winds peeled off part of a wall near Union Station.

“I came out, I saw the debris and I got on the sidewalk,” said Parker.  “I was talking to my wife and on the phone and I said, ‘Uh oh, got to go.'”

High winds, gusting upwards of 50 miles per hour, made life miserable for people all over the Circle City.

“I was real surprised, I could not believe it,” said Chris Dunn, who lives on the southwest side of Indianapolis.

Dunn was walking to the road to put his trash out when he saw his neighbor’s awning, folded up and resting on top of the house.

“I am real concerned it may just blow off, but hopefully the wind will die down in a little while and that will not happen,” said Dunn.

Insulation at PanAm Plaza was no match for the wind, neither was the metal fence around it.

The Thursday before Christmas turned into a game of hide-and-go-seek for Natasha William’s Christmas decorations, the wind blew them away.

“I guess I will be going around the neighborhood picking up all of my inflatables, but I put them out so I will keep them up,” said Williams.

The damage to Jeff Parker’s car is fixable, he was just glad he was not around when the wall came down.

“Nobody was hurt and that is the important thing,” said Parker.