posted on Apr, 2 2006 @ 11:00 PM
I won't use the word "catastrophe" very often but tonight in Indianapolis one was narrowly avoided. As some of you may know the mens' Final Four
of college basketball is in town. There was also a concert taking place tonight with John Mellencamp and Carrie Underwood. About 65,000 were in
attendence. This is an outside show.
After 9pm tonight a severe storm moved through town and produced what is as of right now an unconfirmed tornado. A tornado may have also clipped
towndown as well.
The building that got damaged is I believe the 2nd tallest building downtown. Approximately the top dozen floors were damaged but only one corner.
It looks as if a funnel cloud that didn't touch down may have grazed the edge of the building. There is debris all over the streets downtown near
the building including things like glass and computers according to a news report.
I live only a few miles from downtown. I'm guessing around 2 miles. I went out on my porch like I always do (perhaps like an idiot) when severe
weather comes. I like to watch the show. Since it was around 9pm it was already dark outside so I couldn't see the sky but I was hoping to get some
hail. I did indeed get hail. It was raining and some hail was coming down. Without warning the wind got really intense and the hail started coming
down heavy and things got very loud outside. I had to rush the kids in to the basement because I thought that perhaps a tornado was going to hit.
Fortunately the intense wind and hail let up as fast as it hit. I wish I had a home barometer because I suspect a tornado was in the area. Then to
see the pics from only 2 miles away make it even more likely in my opinion that one was in the area.
We were lucky. A building downtown got damaged. If this was a tornado it was only about 30 floors from the ground and the results could have been
catastrophic with tens of thousands of people downtown to enjoy the Final Four celebrations.
Hopefully more news will be available tomorrow as crews evaluate the damage to determine where the twisters actually hit.