Strong storms cause power outages, minor damage across Central Indiana

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INDIANAPOLIS — Strong storms that pushed through Central Indiana early Wednesday morning caused minor damage in Central Indiana, with more serious damage to the south.

In Indianapolis, the storms hit around 1:30 a.m. bringing strong winds, heavy rain and vivid lightning. Throughout Marion County and the metro area, downed trees and power lines were the extent of the damage.

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Power pole crashed onto a gas station awning at the Castleton Cosco

Indianapolis firefighters responded to a home in the 4100 block of Fir Court, near 79th and Dean Road, following reports of a tree that may have fallen on a home. Firefighters inspected the structure and noticed minor damage to the roof.

Nearby, power lines were reported down at the intersection of 79th & Dean road and between 82nd and 86th Streets on Allisonville Road.

There was a similar case on the north side of Castleton Square Mall. High winds knocked over multiple power poles causing one of them to crash into the awning of the Cosco Gas Station near E. 86th Street and Castleton Square Drive.

Across the area, wind reports nearing 60mph or higher were common. Around 12:30 a.m. amateur radio operators in Crawfordsville, Ind. reported wind gusts of 60mph and a tree blocking U.S. 136 east of town.

Hendricks County also saw extremely high wind gusts measured at 70mph by a trained weather spotter 2 miles southeast of Brownsburg.

In Shelbyville, Police and emergency managers reported damage to a barn, porch and power lines with possible damage to the main portion of a home 6 miles southwest of town.