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Pendleton, Indiana - 27 May 2019
1. Various uprooted trees, rescue crews, emergency vehicles
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Todd Harmeson, Madison County Emergency Management Agency:
"We just believe at this time it is not safe. We do not want people to be driving or walking around in the town of Pendleton due to power lines still being on the ground, engergized, and utility crews are working on that. Estimated number right now is about 4,000 people without power. We have searched and found damage to approximately 75 homes in the Pendleton/Huntsville area, and at this time we are reporting no injuries that we've been made aware of at this time, which is a blessing."
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Todd Harmeson, Madison County Emergency Management Agency:
"All we can say is that people did heed the warnings, the National Weather Service got a tornado warning out. We do not know at this time if this was a tornado, straight-line winds or what the cause was. There are several videos floating around that show funnel clouds. The National Weather Service will actually make that determination."
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Todd Harmeson, Madison County Emergency Management Agency:
"They have fire services from Madison County, Tipton County, Henry County, Hamilton County, Hancock County and Indianapolis Fire Department structure response team or structural collapse response team is also here. Indiana conservation officers have deployed officers here to assist with search and rescue."
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Todd Harmeson, Madison County Emergency Management Agency:
"The first question was what kind of damage are we seeing. We're seeing damage everything from tree limbs to a front porch gone to trees completely into homes, outbuildings, secondary type garages that have trees and then utility poles into them. There was a report unconfirmed because I've not seen it nor have I had it reported directly to me, that there was a roof somewhere over around the MLK I-69, which would be exit 222, of a roof that was blown off of a barn over there."
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Todd Harmeson, Madison County Emergency Management Agency:
"People that are out walking around that we're saying please go home. Go back inside. Quit walking around the neighborhood so that emergency crews can get through, and so number two so that somebody does not inadvertently step on a power line that's still energized and get electrocuted."
Downed power lines, power outages and structural damage are reported in Pendleton, Indiana, a town about 35 miles (56 km) northeast of Indianapolis. Todd Harmeson of the Madison County Emergency Management Agency said that after severe weather struck the area, about 4,000 people did not have power on Monday night, at least 75 homes were damaged and that emergency responders had reported from a number of surrounding counties, including the Indianapolis Fire Department structural collapse response team.
Harmeson said it is not yet known if a tornado of straight-line winds hit Pendleton, and that the National Weather Service would make that determination.
Harmeson urged residents to stay in their homes. He said the greatest concern was that people who are either curious or want to help could "inadvertently step on a power line that's still energized and get electrocuted."
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