Severe lightning storm causes 3 fires in Indianapolis, USA

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Thunderstorms packing hail, gusty winds and dangerous lightning have swept across central and southern Indiana.

An Indianapolis Fire Department spokeswoman says lightning strikes Wednesday were blamed for three fires, including a two-alarm blaze that caused an estimated $250,000 damage to 16 units at an apartment complex.

The National Weather Service reported hail measuring as much as 1 inch in diameter fell in Frankfort, Indianapolis and Jeffersonville. An emergency manager in Indianapolis estimated a wind gust at 60 mph.

The storm downed some tree branches and power lines. Indianapolis Power & Light Co. reported more than 6,000 customers without electricity at one point.

Earlier, a line of thunderstorms that raked northern Indiana Wednesday morning caused some hail damage in Steuben (stoo-BEN’) County and scattered power outages in Elkhart County and elsewhere.

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