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Little damage as Halloween storm drops rain on area

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Halloween was a soggy one for Bartholomew County residents, but they escaped much of the wind and storm damage seen in other areas.

The National Weather Service in Indianapolis reported that one of its weather observers southwest of Columbus recorded 1.78 inches of rain that fell during the 24-hour period that ended at 7 a.m. Friday. Another observer near Taylorsville reported 1.19 inches.

Maj. Todd Noblitt, chief deputy of the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department, said he had not heard of any storm damage caused by wind other than one minor incident.

About 10:30 p.m. Thursday, a vehicle struck a tree limb in the roadway on Road 400W near State Road 58. The vehicle sustained minor damage, Noblitt said.

Marc Dahmer, a National Weather Service meteorologist, said he had no Thursday wind-gust information for Bartholomew County, but nearby Jennings County had some winds estimated at 60 miles per hour. However, Jennings County dispatch center had no reports Friday of any significant weather damage.

Dahmer said the NWS also heard about 60 mph winds in Edinburgh, where electricity was knocked out to some homes.

Authorities had been prepared for a round of severe weather, and most cities and towns postponed trick-or-treat hours until Friday evening for safety reasons.

Thursday did live up to some of its promises with a severe thunderstorm warning and tornado watch for Bartholomew and nearby counties issued by the National Weather Service.

The weekend should be more calm.

Dahmer said today will see temperatures in the mid- to high 50s.

A slight chance of rain was expected for this morning, but otherwise the outlook was dry for those wanting to enjoy the colorful display of autumn leaves — at least those which hadn’t been knocked off by the wind and rain.

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