Severe thunderstorm races across northern Delaware County
By Rick Yencer
EATON, IN - A severe thunderstorm Friday afternoon spawned a funnel cloud that produced damaging winds tearing off some roof tops, downing power lines and tree branches and caused injury to motorcyclist..
Town Marshall John Snodgrass witnessed the low hanging funnel as it passed over the town, and caused damage to a house and a barn a few miles away.
That storm also downed power lines and tree branches in Gaston and Albany, keeping public safety and utility crews busy Friday afternoon. All county fire departments responded to downed lines.
Snodgrass reported that a motorcyclist was injured when he hit a downed utility pole on Willman Road and was taken to IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital.
Indiana Michigan Power initially reported more than 200 customers without electric after the storm passed through central Indiana around 4 p.m. Duke Energy reported nearly 10,000 customers without power in Hamilton County alone with other reports of more than 30,000 outages statewide The thunderstorm line also produced hail along Interstates 69 and 70.
Jason Rogers, Delaware County emergency management agency director, reported late Friday that 6,425 county residents were still without power. EMA volunteers assessed the storm damage as minor.
The rain was less an a quarter inch and the first measurable precipitation since the start of June. Most Indiana counties are under a no burn order and Yorktown canceled their fireworks planned for Saturday. There will still be fireworks at Albany and Prairie Creek Reservoir on Saturday in advance of the Fourth of July celebration in downtown Muncie on Wednesday.