(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – Southeast Indiana was walloped by a line of strong storms and possible tornados Tuesday.
A view across US 50 in Greendale during
the peak of Tuesday's storm.
Storms began moving into Ripley County around 11:00 a.m. with a Tornado Warning almost immediately being put into effect.
Tornado warnings expired in Dearborn, Ohio, Ripley, Franklin and Switzerland counties around at 12:15 p.m. Severe thunderstorm warnings ended at 12:45.
Funnel clouds were reportedly spotted in various parts of the region including north of Greendale, Moores Hill, Holton, and south of Rising Sun in northern Switzerland County.
It is unclear if any tornadoes touched down. WXIX-TV in Cincinnati was reporting that a trained weather spotter reported a tornado near Bright.
Strong winds ushered in the storms. A downpour was transformed into driving rain as gusts reached over 60 MPH. The weather service was calling for the storms to bring one-quarter to one-half inch of rain.
In the aftermath of the storms were flooded roads and downed branches. The roof of a barn along State Road 56 near Stewart Ridge Road in Ohio County was blown off and laying across SR 56 blocking traffic.
Southeast Indiana REMC reported between 1,000 and 1,200 customers without electricity in their severe county service area. Spokesman Barry Lauber estimated most of the outages would be restored by the end of the day Tuesday.
A tarp was shred into pieces on a back
porch in Sunman during Tuesday's storm.
Lisa Konradi Williamson
Duke Energy was reporting just a couple dozen outages in Dearborn County with a handful more in Switzerland, Franklin, and Ripley counties.
A High Wind Warning was also cancelled Tuesday afternoon once storm conditions left the area. A Wind Advisory remains in effect for the entire tri-state until 8:00 p.m. Tuesday evening.