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Stormy days … and nights

Stormy days … and nights
Stormy days … and nights
Capt. James Sadler of the Corydon Police Dept. clears downed tree limbs and wires from North Capitol Avenue Monday following a thunderstorm. (Photo by Brian Smith)

Storms Sunday night and Monday morning packed high winds, heavy rain and dazzling lightning displays but caused mostly minor damage.
‘Power and telephone lines across the county were damaged, but there wasn’t really a localized area for it,’ said Harrison County Emergency Management Agency director Greg Reas. ‘It seems to have hopped, skipped and jumped around. Most of the calls we heard were for tree limbs in the roadway and things like that. The storm hit a little bit of everywhere.
‘There was some localized heavy rain with the storms, but the rain was something we needed,’ he said. ‘It’s just I wish we wouldn’t have had it in such a short amount of time.’
Reas said some of the worst damage was in the areas of Cooks Mill Road, German Ridge Road, Crandall and parts of Corydon.
‘I know electricity in one part of Corydon was out for a while, and Crandall got punched pretty good, too,’ he said.
The tops of two utility poles were broken in Monday’s severe weather, including one owned by Hoosier Energy along Wildwood Loop just off Corydon-Ramsey Road.
Reports of trees being felled on state roads 111, 62 and 337 were called in to emergency dispatch centers.
On Monday, along Capitol Avenue near Elliott Street in downtown Corydon, a Verizon phone line was knocked to the ground, causing traffic delays. Also, traffic lights in the downtown area were out for a few hours.
Sunday’s storms, which rolled through at about 9:30 p.m., produced vivid lightning and rain, as well as hail. Powerline poles were downed in Crandall due to the high winds.
‘The lightning was as intense as I’ve ever seen,’ Reas said. ‘It was just constant flashing.’
Reports of hail up to an inch in diameter were called in by a trained weather spotter in New Amsterdam.
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NWS confirms 2 more twisters
Last week, the National Weather Service confirmed the touchdowns of two additional EF-0 tornadoes in Harrison County on the evening of June 27.
According to meteorologist Joe Sullivan, damage in Palmyra was contained to trees and a barn in the Palmyra area. The two twisters join another EF-0 tornado the same day that touched down briefly just south of Corydon.
Tornadoes in the EF-0 category produce wind speeds between 60 and 85 mph.