Intense thunderstorms rattled Boone County Wednesday afternoon, spawning two possible funnel clouds and dumping large hail from Sheridan to Advance.
One of the funnels, said to have “slow rotation,” was seen by an Indiana State Police trooper who was near the Boone County 4-H Fairgrounds and CR 100 S.
The other was reported by observers at the Whitestown Fire Department station at CR 300 S and CR 575 E.
Trees were blown down throughout Lebanon. Two of the largest were blocking Washington and Park streets, and Camp Street and Ulen Drive, in Lebanon about 5 p.m. One tree was so large that a Lebanon police officer told dispatchers a backhoe and chain saws would be needed to remove it. One home in the 200 block of South Street in Lebanon was deemed to be unsafe after a portion of a saturated foundation collapsed.
In neighborhoods across the city, residents grabbed rakes and shovels to clear debris from storm sewers. North Meridian Street, which historically floods in heavy rains, was briefly impassible from Fordice Street to Memorial Park.
There were scattered power outages in Lebanon.
People were reported stranded in flooded-out cars at South East and East Noble streets, and on Lebanon Street near Memorial Park.
Hail 1.75 inches in diameter fell at CR 375 E and Indiana 47 at 2:43 p.m. as the leading edge of the storms moved into the county. Hail .88 inches in diameter was recorded at U.S. 421 and Ind. 32 at 3:11 p.m. Quarter-inch-diameter hail fell briefly about 4:22 p.m. in Lebanon, an amateur radio operator told the National Weather Service. Pea-sized hail hit downtown Lebanon about 4:45 p.m.
The National Weather Service also received reports of .75-inch hail at CR 375 E and Ind. 47, .70-inch diameter hail at CR 350 N and CR 600 E, and .5-inch-diameter hail in Whitestown.