Severe Ind. storms cause flooding, power outages

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Severe thunderstorms that cut across central and southern Indiana overnight dumped heavy rains that have left roadways flooded in many areas while high winds damaged homes and toppled trees and power lines.

Duke Energy reports about 5,000 homes and businesses without power Monday morning following the storms, which prompted tornado sirens to sound early Monday as forecasters issued severe thunderstorm warnings and tornado warnings

In Hancock County just east of Indianapolis, police report high winds blew the roof off of a home near the town of Ingalls, where a pole barn was also destroyed.

The National Weather Service says heavy rains had left many roads flooded.

State Homeland Security officials are urging motorists not to drive into flooded roadways because cars can float away in only a foot of water.

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