TEXTING THE NEWS: Allison Bushong, 16, texts her friends and sends pictures of a tree in her backyard on West Third Street that was struck by lightning during a storm Friday. The tree landed on top of Susan Eckert’s car, below, and also hit the back bumper of Bushong’s car, which she just got two weeks ago after getting her first driver’s license. (Staff photos by Ken Ritchie/kritchie@madisoncourier.com)
TEXTING THE NEWS: Allison Bushong, 16, texts her friends and sends pictures of a tree in her backyard on West Third Street that was struck by lightning during a storm Friday. The tree landed on top of Susan Eckert’s car, below, and also hit the back bumper of Bushong’s car, which she just got two weeks ago after getting her first driver’s license. (Staff photos by Ken Ritchie/kritchie@madisoncourier.com)
A fast-moving storm swept through Madison on Friday, drenching downtown with more than one inch of rain in less than an hour.

While rain was all that was reported on the hilltop, areas downtown were impacted by lightning and strong wind.

The storm caused property damage and knocked down at least one tree.

Susan Eckert, of Indianapolis, said she was at her mother Betty Eckert's home in the 400 block of Poplar Street when the storm hit.

"I was sitting on the floor hugging all the dogs because they were scared and getting excited," Susan Eckert said. "Then I heard a really loud crack. I looked out the window and told my mom, 'The tree fell. It fell on my car.'"

Eckert's Mercedes-Benz sedan was buried under the branches and had to be dug out by city of Madison Street Department workers.

"At least no one was in the car," Eckert said. "And mom's house didn't get hit."

The tree that fell was in the backyard of Robert Bushong's home at 123 W. Third St. Bushong said he works third shift and had just gotten to lay down when the storm woke him up.

"I heard a loud boom," Bushong said. "Sounded like lightning stuck real close to the home. Then I heard two pops, and you unmistakably knew it was the tree coming down."

Bushong said that no homes were hit, but in addition to Eckert's car, his daughter Allison's new car also was parked on Poplar Street and had some damage on the rear bumper.

The storm also slowed the efforts of the Just for Him ministry volunteers as they prepared for Friday's Love Out Loud Christian outreach event at Bicentennial Park.

Organizer Ken MacPhee said the volunteers had just set up a large tent and the storm came and knocked it back down.

"Man, what a day," MacPhee said. "We got it all set and we're all ready to go then the wind changed and took down some of the equipment."

He said that this hasn't been the first time the traveling ministry, which is in a different city every two weeks, has dealt with weather issues and said he doesn't expect it to slow them down this weekend.

"We're still excited. This doesn't bother us, it just happens. I'm looking forward to what God is going to do this weekend. We're here, we've still got free food, free clothing, free pillows blankets, 10 inflatables and all the food you can eat."

By 7 p.m. Friday the sun was out and the crowd was growing at the event.