Overnight storm damage limited

Tree branches had to be removed from roadways, power lines repaired and electrical fires put out during Thursday night’s storm.

The wind, not rain, was the biggest cause of damage in the county, Johnson County 911 director Mike Watkins said. Wind speeds were as high as 70 mph during the worst of the storm, knocking tree limbs into streets and driveways. The highest rainfall in the county came down southwest of Greenwood, with 1.7 inches falling, National Weather Service meteorologist Marc Dahmer said.

Police officers, county highway workers and firefighters responded to more than 10 calls about fallen tree branches on streets and driveways, including one early Friday. Greenwood and Whiteland firefighters also were called to help in Marion County, Watkins said.

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