Storms cause heavy damage, knock out power for thousands

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – UPDATE 10:40 A.M. - Officials with the Department of Public Works said Tuesday morning they had received 40 reports of trees down throughout Indianapolis.

You can report trees down through the Mayor’s Action Center at 317-327-4622 or use the RequestIndy app on a smart phone.

Crews continued their work repairing downed power lines and restoring power. IPL sent out the following tweet as a reminder to residents about power lines:

The Department of Public Safety said residents can also call IMPD at 327-3811 for traffic issues at intersections.

UPDATE 7:30 A.M. - In Greenwood at the Value City Furniture store, located on US 31 across from the Greenwood Park Mall, the store’s display room windows were blown out into the parking lot. Chopper 8 flew over the scene.

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Value City Furniture store in Greenwood suffers damage from storms. (WISH Photo/Chopper 8)

Nearby, the Vitamin Shoppe had damage to the front of their building. A few of the business’ awnings were damaged.

In Hendricks County, a business called Big Boy Toys, located at 9945 US 36 in Avon, had heavy damage. Several semi trailers were blown over.

An attached equipment building was blown apart by straight line winds. Debris from that building was blown some 500 feet to the east to the HH Gregg Building, which also sustained some damage to the northwest corner of their roof.

Elsewhere, several large trees were blown over and blocking county roads across Hendricks County.

UPDATE 6:20 A.M. – Residents across Marion County may have been awakened by the thunder and lightning early Tuesday, but as they ventured out on the roadways they were met with widespread power outages, traffic signals that were out and trees and limbs that blocked streets and littered yards.

Power poles were snapped and trees downed across Boone County following the storms.

Street crews worked to clear the roadways while power crews were busy restoring power. At the height of the storm, more than 20,000 customers were without power.

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Stay with the Forecast 8 Weather Blog for updates.

UPDATE 5:40 A.M. – IPL said more than 20,301 customers were without power Tuesday morning. Duke Energy reported 12,561 of their customers were without power.

The WISH-TV newsroom received dozens of reports of damaged trees and a number of downed power lines.

Traffic signals were also having problems. The traffic lights were out at the intersection of Kentucky Avenue and I-465 as well as the intersection of Keystone at 25th St.

UPDATE 2:50: A.M. – IPL reported more than 11,400 have lost power.

UPDATE 2:40: A.M. – IPL said more than 3,000 customers lost powers as the storm moved through Indianapolis.

To view the most recent alerts, visit the Weather Alerts page.

UPDATE 2:20 A.M. - The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Marion, Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, and Madison counties.

Forecast 8 Meteorologist Robb Ellis said, “Strong, damaging winds and hail are the main threats associated with these storms.”

For more information visit the Forecast 8 Weather Blog.

Continue to check back at wishtv.com for further developments.

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