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Thunderstorm causes hail, wind damage

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A thunderstorm cut a swath of damage though Johnson County on Wednesday evening.

Lightning, high winds and quarter-sized hail struck the county. The storm destroyed a barn, knocked down power lines and damaged two churches and several cars. Downed power lines also shut down traffic on State Road 135 through Trafalgar, Fire Chief Tom Tharpe said.

The storm passed through Trafalgar about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday and continued northeast throughout the county, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Randy Werden said.

Hail damaged several cars parked outside the police and fire stations in Trafalgar, Werden said. The damage was likely more widespread, but he had no estimate since people would have called their insurance agents and not police.

Lightning fried electrical equipment such as televisions and speakers at the Fair Haven Christian Church in Trafalgar, and hail broke a window at Trafalgar United Methodist Church on Pearl Street, Tharpe said.

In Needham Township, high winds knocked down a metal pole barn in the 2500 block of East County Road 400N, Fire Chief Dave Henderson said. No one was near the barn, which was used to store sawdust.

No injuries were reported.

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