Tornado-warned storms leave thousands without power, damage across central Indiana

Posted at 5:54 PM, May 21, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-22 14:58:02-04

SHELBY COUNTY — Tornado-warned and severe storms left thousands of Hoosier without power and damage in multiple counties in central Indiana Saturday afternoon.

As of 8:25 a.m. Sunday, more than 11,000 people were without power, according to Duke Energy's outage map. Duke says crews worked through the night to repair damage and repairs will continue throughout Sunday. Damage assessment is underway.

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Duke Energy's outage map as of 8:25 a.m. on May 22, 2022.

The National Weather Service issued a Tornado Warning in Shelby Co. around 4 p.m. after rotation was detected on the radar. A second Tornado Warning was issued in Wayne County just before that one ended.

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St. Paul resident Harlan Hoggatt's yard filled with tree limbs after the storm.

"It was pretty sudden, and it was pretty terrific straight wind. Well you can witness the damage around here. Then in 5 minutes, it settled down and did nothing," Hoggatt told WRTV. "But everything was on the ground by then. "

Around the corner, Bob Dye says with the wind, he couldn't see out of his window.

"All I could hear was cracking and breaking. We lost the power, we lost everything," Dye said.

In Johnson County, multiple power lines and structural collapses were reported during the peak of the storms, according to Bargersville Deputy Fire Chief Mike Pruitt.

Downed trees on I-65 between Edinburgh and Franklin also caused damage and left the interstate closed for cleanup. It is unclear if anyone was injured in these incidents.

Also in Johnson County, Trafalgar Fire says they responded to multiple calls for service Saturday.

An earlier round of storms in Cass Co. also took down some trees, damaged buildings and caused traffic accidents and overturned semis Saturday morning.

Damage was also reported in Morgan County