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Indianapolis Speedway Tornado: 3 Homes Damaged, Trees Uprooted

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Mailboxes lay in the street in front of a home damaged by a storm in Indianapolis, Tuesday, June 24, 2014.

By    |   Wednesday, 25 Jun 2014 06:48 AM

A tornado struck southwest of Indianapolis near its famed speedway on Tuesday afternoon, extensively damaging at least three homes, downing power lines and uprooting trees.

The twister was produced by one of several thunderstorms that sprang up in southwestern Indiana near Terre Haute and became more severe as they moved northeast toward Indianapolis, said National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Ryan.

That storm then headed into Indianapolis, where Public Safety Director Troy Riggs said city emergency officials received reports of house and tree damage and downed power lines on the southwest side of the city.

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Indiana State Police Sgt. Rich Myers said no injuries were reported. "That's the good news," he said.

The city of Indianapolis opened an operations center to organize its response to the storm, Homeland Security Director Gary Coons said.

"Something hit here. Whether it was straight-line winds or a tornado, something with a lot of wind hit here," Coons told WRTV. "We're just trying to assess and see how much damage there is."

Indianapolis Power and Light Co. reported more than 1,600 customers without service shortly after the storm in a second straight day of storm-related outages in the city, reported The Associated Press.

As the storm moved into the northern suburb of Carmel, Duke Energy reported about 100 customers without power.

Heavy rains accompanying the storms prompted the weather service to issue flash flood warnings for much of central Indiana.

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A tornado struck southwest of Indianapolis near its famed speedway on Tuesday afternoon, extensively damaging at least three homes, downing power lines and uprooting trees.
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