INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — On Friday morning, storms quickly formed in the northern part of Indianapolis leaving behind many downed trees and power lines.
At 8:40 a.m. Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers reported seeing a funnel cloud on the northwest side. At that time the tornado sirens were sounded. The Department of Homeland Security in Indianapolis said the sirens were sounded as part of their protocol, because a dangerous situation was spotted.
The storms also knocked out power to nearly 19,000 people in Marion County. At one point IPL reported more than 20,000. IPL said they hope to have power restored within 24 hours.
24-Hour News 8 sent crews to some of the hardest hit areas, which included Broad Ripple, the Glendale neighborhood and parts of the northeast side. A crew found a tree into a house near 62nd and Meridian.
A viewer also reported damage at Fall Creek Road and Knych Drive intersection. Kynch Drive is the entrance to Hillcrest Country Club.
By 10 a.m. all of the warnings had expired for central Indiana.
According to the Indianapolis Fire Department they responded to several residence fires because of downed power lines and lightning strikes. They also rescued over 15 people from stalled cars in high water.
The Department of Public Works was responding to 15 reports of downed trees. They also have crews standing by to respond to additional reports.
So far DPW has been dispatched to the following locations:
- 62nd Street and Binford Boulevard.
- 62nd Street and Allisonville Road.
- 42nd Street and Sherman Drive.
- 79th Street and Ditch Road.
The National Weather Service did not have any confirmed reports of a tornado touch down. They did report that 60 mph winds and quarter size hail were seen in the Indianapolis area.
Storm Track 8 Meteorologist Ken Brewer was able to show the path of the damage on VIPIR Radar through a narrow section of Broad Ripple.