Showers and storms moved through the central and southern part of the state on Monday afternoon and evening. That first wave of storms has moved out but we are preparing for more storm activity for Tuesday morning. The Storm Prediction Center leaves us in the “slight risk” area overnight because our threat of severe storms isn’t over. You can see that area in yellow pictured above.
Our next round of storms should move in from Illinois around 5-6 AM into western Indiana. These storms could pack heavy rainfall, damaging wind gusts and frequent lightning. These storms will continue during the morning drive hours, so make sure to tune in to Fox 59 Morning News to get the latest radar information and conditions from meteorologist Jim O’Brien. Some of these storms could turn severe.
Scattered showers and storms continue during your Tuesday forecast but the focus for severe storms will shift out of our viewing area after the early morning storms.
The SPC just put out the following mesoscale discussion for our area. At this point, it does not look like a severe thunderstorm watch will be issued in our area but the area highlighted in blue could see some strong to severe storms developing this afternoon. Some of these stronger cells could producing some damaging winds and hail up to 1″ in diameter. Showers and storms will move east through our state.
Another meso scale discussion is out from the Storm Prediction Center as they consider adding a severe thunderstorm watch for southern Illinois and southwestern Indiana. This is where CAPE is more pronounced this afternoon and it could fuel some stronger storms. There’s a 40% chance that this watch could be issued in the coming hours. Large hail and damaging winds continue to be the primary threats with an isolated tornado still possible.
— Brian Wilkes (@BrianWilkes59wx) July 7, 2014
Rotation is also showing up witht the storm near Brazil.. keeping a close eye on it! pic.twitter.com/I2CIe4Vmxx
— Jennifer Ketchmark (@JKetchmarkFox59) July 7, 2014
Lightning intense storms and heavy rain continues this evening but the focus is now shifting into our southern counties. This line will continue to move ESE this evening. But don’t let your guard down to the north as isolated showers and storms are still developing behind this main line.
Clay County saw a very intense thunderstorm earlier this evening. 75 mph winds were recorded in Brazil, IN. Flooding is still on going, specifically at the intersection of Jackson St. and Chicago St. in Brazil (Picture from Jay Riddell) and several trees have been snapped by the high winds, especially along SR 59.