Winds Blamed for Indiana Storm Damage

January 31, 2013

The National Weather Service is blaming straight-line winds and not a tornado for damaging several homes and other buildings in southwestern Indiana.

Meteorologist Dave Tucek in Indianapolis says descriptions of overnight storm damage reported in Greene County suggest that homes and buildings in the county southwest of Bloomington were damaged by straight-line winds of about 70 mph.

He says the weather service doesn’t plan to survey storm damage in the area.

Tucek says the weather system that brought heavy rains to the state late Tuesday and early Wednesday has moved east of the state along with unseasonably mild air.

Before the storms arrived, Indianapolis set a record high of 65 degrees about 1 a.m. Wednesday. That broke the previous record for the date of 64 degrees, set in 1947.

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