INDIANAPOLIS –5AM UPDATE: All clear! Watch out for any damage on the roads.
The calendar may say December but our weather is behaving like it is April. The city of Indianapolis has not been under a tornado watch since April of 2020 and that will likely change tonight. Storms are in the forecast and are expected to turn severe.
We are monitoring trends for the potential of severe storms here across central Indiana later tonight. Despite a few downpours – threat does NOT ramp up until later tonight.
Conditions are favorable for tornadoes late tonight esp. in southwest Indiana where the NWS Storm Prediction Center has issued the first tornado watch of the day downstate. We are currently bracketing the hours of 10pm thru 4am for the most unstable air and the greater risk for severe thunderstorms. That risk will include the threat of tornadoes and powerful, damaging wind gusts of 80mph. Please take the time to prepare. What makes this a more dangerous situation is the timing. Late night severe threat includes damaging wind gusts to 80mph and the threat of tornadoes. Please review severe weather plans, have multiple ways to receive warnings. We are on-air FOX59 News through the evening for complete updates.
Tornado Watch issued for much of central Indiana
The National Weather Service issued a tornado watch for much of central Indiana until 5 a.m. The watch in areas to our north and east goes until 6 a.m.
Wind advisory for counties north of Indianapolis
Counties north of Indianapolis are under a wind advisory as we head into Saturday. Gusty winds will stick around well after the storms have passed Saturday afternoon.
Severe weather threat
- Timing: 10PM Friday night – 6AM Saturday morning
- Threats: All threats are possible, tornadoes, damaging winds, hail, and flooding
- Location: All of Central Indiana with the healthiest threat to our south and west.
We will provide updates throughout the day and into Saturday as the threat progresses.
How to prepare
- Have a way to recieve warnings NOW: download the Weather Authority App to get alerts sent straight to your phone, have a weather radio on and ready to go, have a plan of action in case a warning does get issued and you need to take shelter
- DO NOT rely on outdoor sirens to wake you up overnight
Indy DPW will have more than 30 staff on standby overnight ready to respond to reports of damage or issues caused by severe weather. These include
traffic, forestry, barricade, and stormwater channel maintenance crews.
The City of Indianapolis provides the following weather safety and preparedness tips to keep residents safe:
- Pay attention to weather reports, warnings of thunderstorms, and alerts that conditions could lead to a tornado. Be ready to change plans, if necessary.
- Stay away from downed power lines and trees and report them immediately. Report fallen power lines and power outages to AES at 317-261-8111.
- Secure any outside furniture or decorations to minimize any property damage from high winds.
- If a tornado warning is issued, find shelter immediately. Stay away from windows, doors, and outside walls. If driving, do not stop under an overpass or bridge. A low, flat location is safer.
- When thunder roars, go indoors. A sturdy building is the safest place to be during a thunderstorm.
- If streets become impassable with dangerous high water or fallen tree debris, do not pass through it.
Impact on local events
We are already hearing from local events that are changing plans due to the weather. Here is what we know so far:
- We have decided to cancel A Merry Prairie Holiday tonight due to severe storm chances. An official announcement will be posted on social and our website shortly.