Tipton hit hard by strong thunderstorms

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TIPTON, Ind. (June 21, 2015) -- Many Hoosiers are exhausted after spending Sunday cleaning up the damage caused by a strong line of thunderstorms. One of the hardest hit areas was near North West Street in Tipton. A surveillance camera from the Mobil gas station in the center of Tipton recorded the fury of the storm. The footage shows the wind blowing crates and debris around like crystals in a snow globe. The camera also caught a large tree that came down on top of Ken Hendricks' home.

"There was so much going on at one time, just big crashes and everything hitting the house, leaves and everything. It was pretty bad," Hendricks said.

Hendricks' wife was sleeping in an upstairs room right near where the tree came down, but he said she is okay. His home is another story.

"Screwed up a lot of stuff in the house, ceilings. They found part of my roof two blocks away, so it had a pretty good wind," he said.

Part of a large tree fell on top of a home across the street from April Valdez.

"It was like a swishing, sucking kind of a thing," she said. "Stuff was just, seemed to be like raining branches. In the road, the water got really high and nobody could get down our roads."

By mid-afternoon Sunday, there were many signs of the hard work the people put in to cleaning up their neighborhood after the vicious line of storms gave a very unwelcome wake up call.

The National Weather Service determined strong "straight-line" winds caused the damage. Tipton County Emergency Management officials say there are no reports of injuries.

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