UPDATE: Storms damage portions on Pulaski County... again

By: Kevin Lewis Email
By: Kevin Lewis Email

Another round of heavy storms passed through our southern counties Saturday evening, hitting some areas that were visited by a confirmed tornado just last week.

Near seventy mile per hour winds knocked down trees and left about 900 people without power in parts of Pulaski County.

But it was near Francesville, where an EF0 tornado touched down just last week, where the most damage was done.

County dispatchers say they answered 911 calls non-stop for nearly four hours.

The storm damaged several buildings, ripping the roof off one and even leaving a massive dent in the side of a silo.

"It was unbelievable to see. It’s just a big clean-up,” Fratco office manager Rebecca Blackburn said.

Cinder blocks, steel beams and nails were once the glue to the fitting shed that was destroyed at Fratco’s Francisville location.

"It’s like where were these parts even at? The concrete is all the way out; everything is out of place from where it was at. It's just hard to picture where everything was,” Blackburn added.

Across the road, a 53 foot long tractor trailer also became the victim to heavy winds, tossing it right on its side.

In other areas, the winds uprooted some very large trees.

"We can't even imagine what the cost is going to be,” homeowner Dan Rudolph said.

Rudolph's home became a tree house of sorts after two 80 foot Black Walnut trees created a right angle, in the wrong backyard.

"The devastation that the wind caused, I mean it's just unbelievable, it really is,” Rudolph added.

The trees knocked out power after limbs ripped through power lines making the Rudolph family just feel powerless.

"I mean I’ve seen limbs down here and there, but never anything like this,” Rudolph concluded.

Both Fratco and the Rudolph family have insurance and should have little to pay out of pocket.

Meantime, the severe weather left one person dead in the central part of the state.

Indiana State Police say someone was killed when a tree fell on a van in Mounds State Park in Anderson, that’s just northeast of Indianapolis. Three other people were injured in that same accident.

The same storm left nearly 38,000 customers without power in Marion and Hamilton counties.

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