The Herald Bulletin

July 10, 2013

Storm leaves behind numerous reports of damage in county

By Dani Palmer
The Herald Bulletin

ANDERSON, Ind. — A storm that rumbled through Madison County Wednesday afternoon left several reports of damage in its wake.

Madison County Emergency Management Agency assistant spokesman Rodney Conner said straight line winds hit from County Road 100 South to the county line.

In the 1000 block of South 700 West, Lester Osborne’s property suffered considerable damage.

A large limb struck the back of his house, tearing off siding and a gutter, a bench setting on the deck was tossed across the yard and metal siding was torn off his garage.

The trees’ tops were “twisty” and corn in a nearby field was lying on its side, he added.

It was “very weird,” Osborne said, as he didn’t really know what caused the damage though he suspected a microburst or straight line winds.

The Madison County Sheriff’s Department and EMA inspected his property and his insurance agent will likely be out to assess damage Thursday.

“The main thing is no one was hurt,” Osborne said. “The rest is cosmetic.”

Madison County’s EMA responded to several reports of trees in roadways in areas like County Road 700 West south of Indiana 32, 45 South 700 West and the 1000 block of South 825 West.

Power lines were also reported down with trees in areas like 200 South, east of a four-way stop at 400 West, and the 1500 block of Fletcher Street in Anderson.

According to Anderson Municipal Light and Power, nearly 1,600 customers were without power Wednesday afternoon while Indiana Michigan Power reported 130 power outages throughout the county.

One caller near Edgewood reported that a large tree limb had landed on her home, blocking the back door exit.

Despite several reports across the county, Conner said the damage was “not nearly as bad as it seemed.”

Still, he urged any with damage to call EMA at 642-8727 or to make a report on the agency’s Facebook page.

The rest of the week looks sunny with highs in the 80s, according to the National Weather Service.

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