Strong overnight storms pack strong winds, lightning

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FINAL UPDATE: For the latest on Tuesday’s forecast and the latest on continuing threats of severe weather, visit the Weather Authority blog.

UPDATE 5:30 a.m. — On the southeast side of Indianapolis, a resident in the 8300 block of Southeastern Avenue reported large limbs from a tree fell, damaging their 10-day-old Chevrolet Camaro and pickup truck. The limbs also struck the resident’s home, knocking gutters to the ground and doing unknown damage to the roof.

More than 27,000 customers remain without power at 5:30 a.m. according to self-reported numbers by local power companies.

UPDATE 5:00 a.m. — All warnings and watches have expired or were canceled by the National Weather Service

UPDATE 4:47 a.m. — Local power companies continue to report thousands of customers without power:

  • Duke: 14,104
  • IPL: 10,095
  • SCI REMC: 7,512

UPDATE 4:28 a.m. — The National Weather Service canceled the Tornado Watch for areas west of Indianapolis. The Watch continues for areas east until 6 a.m.

UPDATE 4:03 a.m. — Local power companies report thousands of customers without power:

  • Duke: 11,764
  • IPL: 10,596
  • SCI REMC: 6,718

No significant damage was reported following the storms, with damage isolated to small trees or limbs being brought down by the strong winds.

Hamilton County dispatchers reported minor damage at the Speedway and Kroger gas stations near Riverview Hospital, as well as limbs and branches down throughout the city.

In Indianapolis, IPL and fire crews responded to many reports of power lines down and possible residence fires as the storms moved through, specifically in the area of 30th & Kessler.

In Boone County, dispatchers reported power outages in the Zionsville and Lebanon area, with branches and limbs scattered down throughout the area. Officers also reported a trampoline blocking the roadway at State Road 47 and CR 350 East, but that area has been cleared.

UPDATE: 3:14 a.m. — Lisa Crouch from the Hendricks County EMA reported no damage at this point. They have experienced strong winds, a lot of lightning, but things have calmed down.

UPDATE 3:12 a.m. — The TORNADO WARNING for Hendricks County has been canceled.

UPDATE 3:00 a.m. — The National Weather Service issued at TORNADO WARNING for portions of Hendricks County until 3:30 a.m.

At 2:53 a.m., a line of severe thunderstorms capable of producing a tornado was located along a line extending from 7 miles south of Danville to 10 miles west of Mooresville, moving east at 35 mph.

UPDATE 2:50 a.m. — The National Weather Service issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for portions of Daviess, Greene, Lawrence, Martin, Monroe, Morgan, and Owen counties until 3:30 a.m.

At 2:42 a.m., a severe thunderstorm was located near Bloomfield, moving northeast at 65 mph.

The main hazard with this storm includes strong winds nearing 60 mph and large hail.

It is best to move to an interior room on the lowest floor on a building. This storm may cause serious injury and significant property damage.

UPDATE 2:40 a.m. — The National Weather Service issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for portions of Boone, Carroll, Clinton, Hendricks, Montgomery, Morgan, Owen, Putnam and Tippecanoe counties until 3:30 a.m.

At 2:38 a.m., a severe thunderstorm was located 6 miles northeast of Greencastle, moving northeast at 45 mph.

Hazards with this storm include winds gusting to 60 mph and large hail. These high winds and hail could damage roofs, siding and trees.

UPDATE 2 a.m. — The National Weather Service issued a Strong Thunderstorm Advisory for Clay, Fountain, Montgomery, Northern Owen, Parke, Putnam, Tippecanoe, Eastern Vermillion, Eastern Vigo and Warren counties until 2:45 a.m.

Around 1:55 a.m., NWS radar was tracking a strong thunderstorm capable of wind gusts up to 50 mph, as well as frequent, dangerous lightning.

UPDATE 12:30 a.m. — Ron Smiley is monitoring the storms overnight. He said this is not the same set up that rolled through Oklahoma earlier Monday. This is a squall line that could hit is.

These storms are known for strong straight line winds and brief tornadoes. They could be rolling into Indiana within an hour and a half, and in Indianapolis by 4 a.m.

ORIGINAL STORY 12 a.m. — The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla. issued a Tornado Watch for portions of Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, and Missouri.

In Indiana, the following counties are affected until 6 a.m.:

     BOONE                CARROLL             CLAY                
     CLINTON              DAVIESS             FOUNTAIN            
     GIBSON               GREENE              HAMILTON            
     HENDRICKS            HOWARD              KNOX                
     MARION               MARTIN              MONROE              
     MONTGOMERY           MORGAN              OWEN                
     PARKE                PIKE                POSEY               
     PUTNAM               SULLIVAN            TIPPECANOE          
     TIPTON               VANDERBURGH         VERMILLION          
     VIGO                 WARREN              WARRICK

The National Weather Service said these storms should move into Central Indiana after midnight and may contain large hail, damaging winds and lightning.