Flood warnings issued for much of central Indiana as storms pass

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(Feb. 20, 2014)– Severe storms rolled through Indiana Thursday, prompting several tornado watches and severe thunderstorm warnings to go into effect.  Below were live updates as the storm hit.

Matt Adams - Web Producer February 20, 20142:35 PM

Chief Meteorologist Brian Wilkes expects things to pick up soon with 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. being the height of the storm:

Greg Margason - Web Producer February 20, 20142:41 PM

Beyond the severe threat later tonight, a powerful 140 mph jet stream will roar overhead bringing gusty winds. A Wind Advisory is in effect through Friday at 6 PM. Non-thunderstorm winds gusts of 50 mph possible.

Matt Adams - Web Producer February 20, 20142:45 PM

FOX59 meteorologist Ron Smiley previewed the storm earlier this morning. A look at his timeline here: http://go.fox59.com/1mcYUv4

Greg Margason - Web Producer February 20, 20142:45 PM

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Greg Margason - Web Producer February 20, 20143:05 PM

It may not last long, but today was the warmest day of 2014! It’s been 8 weeks since it has been this warm here. 

Greg Margason - Web Producer February 20, 20143:12 PM

Chad Tomlinson posted this photo to our Facebook wall: “A little foggy in Grant County. Highway 22.”

Greg Margason - Web Producer February 20, 20143:18 PM

Chad Tomlinson posted this photo to our Facebook wall: “A little foggy in Grant County. Highway 22.”

Greg Margason - Web Producer February 20, 20143:44 PM

Brian Wilkes has a quick forecast for you before we go on air at 4! Watch it here: Facebook Forecast.

Greg Margason - Web Producer February 20, 20143:52 PM

Animated GIF of Live Guardian Radar:

Greg Margason - Web Producer February 20, 20144:04 PM

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Greg Margason - Web Producer February 20, 20144:19 PM

Kimberly Bowman took this photo in Camden, IN – shows how thick the fog is becoming there.

Greg Margason - Web Producer February 20, 20144:23 PM

Greg Margason - Web Producer February 20, 20144:25 PM

Via Brian Wilkes: Some encouraging news – 7 computer model rainfall numbers have dropped. Avg for city: .36″ Snow melt and rain will keep rivers and streams in flood for days. Standing/high water in streets and low lying areas expected through Friday.

Greg Margason - Web Producer February 20, 20144:41 PM

Greg Margason - Web Producer February 20, 20144:41 PM

Greg Margason - Web Producer February 20, 20144:57 PM

Amanda Rakes - Digital Manager February 20, 20145:02 PM

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued for a portion of central and southern Indiana until 10 p.m.  Gusts up to 70 mph and isolated tornadoes are possible. FOX59’s Chief Meteorologist Brian Wilkes breaks down the timing of the storm and the cold blast that is expected to follow. Read it here: http://bit.ly/OfSNKW 

Amanda Rakes - Digital Manager February 20, 20145:03 PM

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued for a portion of central and southern Indiana until 10 p.m.  Gusts up to 70 mph and isolated tornadoes are possible. FOX59’s Chief Meteorologist Brian Wilkes breaks down the timing of the storm and the cold blast that is expected to follow. Read it here: http://bit.ly/OfSNKW

Greg Margason - Web Producer February 20, 20145:11 PM

RADAR UPDATE: line of severe storms (topping 35k ft) in IL racing east. Reports of 50 – 60 mph gusts & funnel clouds

Greg Margason - Web Producer February 20, 20145:19 PM

Greg Margason - Web Producer February 20, 20145:45 PM

Greg Margason - Web Producer February 20, 20145:49 PM

SPC changes to TORNADO watch until 10 PM for portion of western IN.

Greg Margason - Web Producer February 20, 20145:51 PM

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Greg Margason - Web Producer February 20, 20146:33 PM

SPC considers extending the tornado watch later this evening.

Greg Margason - Web Producer February 20, 20146:34 PM

Greg Margason - Web Producer February 20, 20146:43 PM

Greg Margason - Web Producer February 20, 20146:47 PM

Tornado watch extended until 12 AM for most of central Indiana

Greg Margason - Web Producer February 20, 20147:00 PM

RADAR UPDATE: severe storm west, radar indicating some rotation NW of Terre Haute at 7 PM. Stay alert.

Greg Margason - Web Producer February 20, 20147:08 PM

Video forecast update – severe line of storms at 7pm enters western Indiana. Tornado watch expanded and latest timing of storms in the city. Watch here: Facebook Forecast.

Greg Margason - Web Producer February 20, 20147:13 PM

Greg Margason - Web Producer February 20, 20147:30 PM

Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Boone, Clinton, Hendricks, Montgomery, Parke and Putnam Counties until 8:15pm EST.

Greg Margason - Web Producer February 20, 20147:33 PM

Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Boone, Clinton, Hendricks, Montgomery and Putnam Counties until 8:15pm EST. Parke Co. has a warning until 8:00.

Greg Margason - Web Producer February 20, 20147:35 PM

From NWS: A thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located near Rockville moving northeast at 75 mph.

Greg Margason - Web Producer February 20, 20147:38 PM

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Greg Margason - Web Producer February 20, 20148:04 PM

Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Marion, Tipton, Boone, Carroll, Clinton, Hamilton, Hendricks, Howard and Madison Counties until 8:45pm EST.

Greg Margason - Web Producer February 20, 20148:11 PM

Severe t-storm warning now for city of Indianapolis until 8:45 PM. Gusts to 70 mph possible.

Greg Margason - Web Producer February 20, 20148:16 PM

Amanda Rakes - Digital Manager February 20, 20148:21 PM

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Jennifer Ketchmark - Meteorologist February 20, 20148:29 PM

We are getting reports that a semi has been overturned on i-65 near frankfort…leaking propane. interstate shut down.

Amanda Rakes - Digital Manager February 20, 20148:30 PM

POWER OUTAGES: As of 8:23 p.m., there are 1,010 IPL customers without power and a little more than 500 Duke customers are without power due to severe storms rolling through Indiana.

Check IPL outages here

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Jennifer Ketchmark - Meteorologist February 20, 20148:31 PM

Brownsburg storm report: estimated 50-60 mph wind gust with pea sized hail on the north side of town.

Amanda Rakes - Digital Manager February 20, 20148:33 PM

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Amanda Rakes - Digital Manager February 20, 20148:47 PM

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Greg Margason - Web Producer February 20, 20148:51 PM

Jennifer Ketchmark - Meteorologist February 20, 20148:52 PM

70 mph wind gust just reported 5 miles southwest of Bloomington. 

Amanda Rakes - Digital Manager February 20, 20148:53 PM

Greg Margason - Web Producer February 20, 20148:55 PM

RADAR UPDATE: Heavy rain/wind sweeps the city rushing into east Marion Co. at 8:50 PM. Gusts to 60 MPH – hvy rain

Jennifer Ketchmark - Meteorologist February 20, 20149:02 PM

Roof damage being reporter on the west side of Tipton due to these thunderstorms. 

Greg Margason - Web Producer February 20, 20149:04 PM

UPDATE: portion of the tornado watch has been removed from western Indiana

Jennifer Ketchmark - Meteorologist February 20, 20149:09 PM

75 mph wind gust reported at the Marion, IN airport (Grant County)

Amanda Rakes - Digital Manager February 20, 20149:10 PM

FOX59 Facebook fan Stacey Ice shared this photo of pea-sized hail falling in Westfield, Ind. 

Amanda Rakes - Digital Manager February 20, 20149:14 PM

POWER OUTAGES: As of 9:12 p.m., there are 418 IPL customers without power and more than Duke Energy customers across the state without power due to storms.

Check IPL outages here

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Jennifer Ketchmark - Meteorologist February 20, 20149:19 PM

50 mph wind gust reported in Bedford

Greg Margason - Web Producer February 20, 20149:29 PM

RADAR UPDATE: Heavy winds rolling thru Shelbyville heading east. Rushville to Greensburg stay alert – gusts to 65 mph poss.

Greg Margason - Web Producer February 20, 20149:30 PM

SEVERE REPORTS: Damage in Frankfort, Elwood and more extensive reports coming from Tipton

Amanda Rakes - Digital Manager February 20, 20149:39 PM

Follow @fox59weather for the latest storm warnings and watches in your area. Storm is moving out, so several warnings and watches are expiring early.

Jennifer Ketchmark - Meteorologist February 20, 20149:41 PM

Half dollar sized hail (1.25″ diameter) reported in Shelbyville. 

Greg Margason - Web Producer February 20, 20149:53 PM

Greg Margason - Web Producer February 20, 20149:55 PM

RADAR UPDATE: Strongest storms pushing into eastern IN at 9:50 PM Tornado watch for city dropped and T-storm warnings continue thru 10:30 out east

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ronsmileyfox59 February 21, 20142:35 AM

Good morning, Will be updating blog soon with images but to let you know severe risk is done.  There’s a good chance wind advisory will be dropped this morning.  Flooding will be an ongoing concern for next month and a half with the saturated ground.  More to come!

ronsmileyfox59 February 21, 20143:48 AM

Here’s a full listing of flood warnings from the NWS Indianapolis

...A Flood Warning continues for portions of the following rivers...

  Big Blue River...Big Raccoon Creek...Driftwood River...Eagle
  Creek...East Fork White River...Eel River...Mississinewa River...
  Sugar Creek...Tippecanoe River...Wabash River...White River...
  Youngs Creek...

.Widespread flooding has developed along rivers in central and
southern Indiana following rainfall from the recent storms and rapid
snow melt. Flooding will affect local and state roads and possibly
some residential areas.

All river ice will break up and move during this flood event.
Serious localized flooding is possible along the Wabash River in
Tippecanoe County because of river ice.  Local river residents of
Americus...River Junction and Lafayette may be at risk through Saturday morning.
Any ice problems along the Wabash River will be confined to the area
upstream of I-74.

Flood crests are not expected to exceed those experienced in December
for the White and East Fork White Rivers.  Flooding along the Wabash
River from Lafayette to Vincennes will be higher than December
levels but lower than those seen in April.

Precautionary/Preparedness Actions...

Motorists should never drive into flood water. Turn around and go
another way. Keep children away from flooded areas. Recreational and
agricultural interests should remain alert to changing river
conditions.

For detailed flood information go to weather.gov/ind on the web. From
the blue menu bar on the left side of the page...click on rivers and
lakes.

ronsmileyfox59 February 21, 20143:49 AM

These may be high temps today.  As it stands right now these are the temps in the 3am hour.