Strong storms slam Indiana with tornadoes, record-breaking rain

Monday's strong storms brought tornadoes to central Indiana and record rainfall that flooded parts of South Bend.

National Weather Service crews surveyed damage Tuesday from tornado touchdowns that came in quick succession Monday near Danville, Pittsboro and Brownsburg, all west of Indianapolis. Forecasters said the touchdowns could have developed from the same tornado.

"It was mainly one long track, one that was kind of surviving through several counties that was touching down and going back up," National Weather Service meteorologist Tara Dudzik told The Indianapolis Star.

Hendricks County Sheriff's Department Captain Amanda Goings said no injuries were reported Monday night.

Residents were cleaning Monday and Tuesday.

"I was home five minutes, and I could tell something was brewing, and the swirling was evident, and the noise was just tremendous," said Joe Gleissner, 54, of Brownsburg, where a tree was downed in his yard and parts of his fence were destroyed. "They say it sounds like a train. I think it was worse."

In South Bend, city officials asked residents to stay home and off the roads because of flooding. City officials said several water rescues were made after floodwaters left vehicles stranded.

Mayor Pete Buttigieg said early Tuesday that two houses collapsed.

Monday's storm brought nearly 8.5 inches to South Bend International Airport. A weather spotter in Walkerton reported 10.45 inches.

Flood warnings are issued through Tuesday afternoon for St. Joseph, Elkhart, LaPorte, Marshall counties. The Red Cross has opened an emergency shelter in South Bend and the Potawatomi Zoo in South Bend is closed for the day due to a flooded parking lot and zoo grounds.

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