Severe storms cause damage across Indianapolis Sunday

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 11, 2014) — Central Indiana took a beating by violent thunderstorms Sunday afternoon.

“Sound like a bomb going off, yeah, sounded like a big bomb,” said Carl and Sara Shilling of South Mars Hill Street in southwest Indianapolis.

They’re talking about an old tree that came crashing down on to their car. The weight of the tree crushed their 2005 Kia, leaving it flat as a pancake. Mr. and Mrs. Shilling watched it all happen from his front door.

“I said ‘Oh, my God.’ And he turned around and hit the wall with his fist,” they said.

The white Dodge Caravan sitting next to their car belongs to a relative who was over playing cards when the wind and hail storm rolled in.

A lightning bolt is thought to have caused a big mess for an east side family. Flames burned through the right side of their home on Treyburn Green Drive.

Lucy Roberts, 4, lives next door, and some of the siding on her house was melted by the fire, but she and her family were spared, but it’s nothing like what her neighbors are dealing with.

“It was really wrecked,” Lucy said.

Even though dealing with damaged houses and totaled cars is a headache, there were no injuries reported.

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