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Storms tear through Indiana, central Kentucky

March 29, 1997

RINEYVILLE, Ky. (AP) _ Storm-spawned winds, some packing hail and heavy rains, tore up the midsections of Kentucky and Indiana on Friday, overturning cars, tearing off roofs and injuring at least five people, authorities said.

In Kentucky, high winds shut down Interstate 65 at Bonnieville, about 60 miles south of Louisville. Just south, in Mumfordville, fire officials reported at least six cars overturned by the wind.

Of the five injured, one was hurt in an car crash and the others apparently were hit by the storm as they fled their vehicles, said Dr. Khaled Jouji, emergency room physician at Caverna Hospital in nearby Horse Cave.

The injuries were mostly broken bones, he said.

In Radcliff, some 20 miles south of Louisville, residents were deluged with golf ball-size hail, ``a torrential downpour and we’ve got some areas that are flooding,″ said Bryce Shumate of the Radcliff police department.

There were widespread power outages along the storm line, authorities said.

In northwest Indianapolis, winds tore the roofs off three buildings in the Turtle Creek apartment complex, destroyed cars and knocked down carports, a resident said.

Several people reported funnel cloud touchdowns and tornado watches were posted, but none were confirmed by the National Weather Service.

Three more buildings lost their roofs at the Brookwood Apartments on the south side of Indianapolis.

In southern Indiana, the city of Columbus in Bartholomew County was blacked out around 8:40 p.m.; an electrical transmission tower toppled near Monroe City in Knox County, and winds were clocked at 65 mph near Sullivan.

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