Severe weather still a big threat today

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Central Indiana remains under a SLIGHT RISK of severe weather for this afternoon through later this evening.  We are seeing 2 rounds of severe weather today.  The main severe weather threat is damaging winds and there is also a chance for isolated tornadoes.  Also, hail cannot be ruled out either today.

Severe Outlook

 

The first line of showers and thunderstorms has been heading in from Illinois since late this morning and will continue to push slowly to the east this afternoon.  The storms within this line are actually moving NE but the entire line is slowly heading eastbound as well.  This first line is why we are under a TORNADO WATCH until 5 PM.  The the watch area includes the counties highlighted in red below.

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On top of the severe threat today, there are also very high winds to consider.  40 to 50 mph wind gusts will be possible even ahead of the showers and thunderstorms.  A wind advisory remains in effect for some of our extreme northeastern counties.

Wind Advisory

There is still a strong line of showers and thunderstorms that will move in from eastern Illinois later this afternoon.  This second round will tap into plenty of instability to still become severe.  This is why we remain in the moderate risk of severe weather even after the initial round of storms.  We could easily see a new tornado or severe thunderstorm watch issued for this secondary round of storms.  Fox Futurecast shows storms intensifying in our western counties after 4 PM and this line raking across the viewing area from 4-10 PM tonight.  This looks to be our best window for severe storms. 

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Here’s where Fox Futurecast has the line of strong to severe storms by 9 PM today. 

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After the severe weather passes, this will evolve into a heavy rain and flooding event.  1-3″ of rainfall is still possible tonight and that is why we remain in a FLASH FLOOD WATCH until Friday morning.   The flash flooding concern beings now and will linger into tomorrow morning.

FLASH FLOOD WATCH