Powerful storms moved through Marion County and central Indiana quickly Friday morning, knocking out power and bringing down trees and power lines.
In Indianapolis, the north and northeast sides were hit particularly hard, with Indianapolis Power & Light reporting thousands of power outages.
A tree fell into the home of State Sen. Scott Schneider, who lives at East 65th Street and Dean Road near Allisonville Road. Schneider talked to our newsgathering partners on FOX59 and said he received a phone call from his wife about the damage.
“I was at work and my wife and a couple folks were at home,” Snyder. “I got a frantic phone call from my wife. Tree’s down, limb is in the roof through the kitchen and the bedroom above it.”
Part of the tree came through the ceiling in the kitchen. Schneider’s wife, his foster son and a friend were inside when it happened.
“It’s just a house. Everybody’s safe, so we’re thankful for that.”
Viewers sent photos and videos of high water throughout the area. One viewer sent us a video showing Keystone and Kessler flooded out. Trees were down and some of the traffic lights were out.
Students at Bishop Chatard High School took shelter in the building during the storm, which knocked out power to the school. Phones were down and administrators said school would dismiss early at 10:30 a.m.
The Marion County Emergency Operations Center was activated around 8:30 a.m. Friday. IMPD officers spotted a funnel cloud with rotation near 38th Street and Industrial Boulevard and a second one was reported near the State Fairgrounds and Keystone Avenue area. A third funnel cloud was seen in the Washington and Mitthoefer area. The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning at 8:58 a.m.
Many who live in the Indianapolis area were confused after sirens sounded after 8 a.m. despite the lack of any weather warning. According the Division of Homeland Security, Marion County has three conditions for sounding sirens:
- Tornado warning
- Funnel cloud spotted by police, fire or EMS
- Report of imminent danger in community
The National Weather Service said Indianapolis received 4 inches of rain in six hours.
The Indianapolis Fire Department responded to several fires caused by downed power lines and lightning. IFD rescued 15 people from cars stranded in high water. The Department of Public Works was responding to more than a dozen reports of downed trees and anticipated additional calls.
DPW sent crews to the following areas where traffic signals were out:
- 62nd & Binford
- 62nd & Allisonville Rd
- 42nd & Sherman
- 79th & Ditch