SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH
A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued through 2 a.m. for Northern Indiana. A complex set of heavy thunderstorms in Northeast Illinois will track east bringing very heavy rain – prolific lightning and a few damaging wind gusts. The National Weather Service in Northern Illinois reported wind gusts to 50 mph and there was a radar indicated tornado southwest of Joliet.
Affected counties include Allen, Benton, Cass, DeKalb, Elkhart, Fulton, Huntington, Jasper, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Lake, LaPorte, Marshall, Miami, Newton, Noble, Porter, Pulaski, St. Joseph, Starke, Steuben, Wabash, White and Whitley Counties. The watch remains in effect until 2 a.m. Wednesday.
Storms will drift slowly south and lose some steam. Locally, a few gusty storms could drop as far south as Hamilton county or even the city but in a weakened state. Locally heavy rain further north could bring flood warnings later tonight.