INDIANAPOLIS (WISH/AP) - UPDATE 8 a.m.: There is a severe thunderstorm warning for northeastern Bartholomew County, Decatur County and southern Shelby County until 8:15 a.m. Thursday.
UPDATE 7:30 a.m.: The roofs were blown off some buildings in northern Indiana as Wednesday's storm blew through the state.
The National Weather Service says Wednesday night's storm caused scattered building, tree and power line damage, including reports near the cities of Wabash and Rochester. Winds sometimes topped 60 mph.
WNDU-TV reports the roof was ripped from an electronics manufacturing company building in Mishawaka, with the building owner saying much of its machinery has significant water damage. The Times of Munster reports a home at Lakes of the Four Seasons in Lake County lost its roof, but no one was injured.
Weather service meteorologist Nathan Marsili says all the northern Indiana damage appears to be from straight-line winds.
UPDATE 5:30 a.m.: Cass County dispatch has reported that a lot of trees are down and across roads throughout the county.
Crews are still working Thursday morning to clean up after the storm.
Some counties reported flash flooding but the waters have since receded.
Areas in northern central Indiana received heavy rainfall. Kokomo received more than 3 inches of rain. Muncie saw more than 2 inches of rain. Other areas such as Lafayette received less than 1 inch of rain.
A cold front is moving through the region Thursday and will bring cooler temperatures.
Highs will climb in the upper 70s and some sunshine will poke through the clouds periodically.
UPDATE 1:50 a.m.: The most dangerous portion of the thunderstorm has passed through Indiana but a flooding warning remains in effect.
A flash flood warning is issued for Cass, Fulton, Grant, Miami, Pulaski, Wabash, and White counties until 5 a.m.
UPDATE 1:02 a.m.: Reports of damage and power outages have been reported to the 24-Hour News 8 Newsroom.
Indiana State Police reported power outages, trees, and power lines down in Wabash County. There are reports of water across roadways but no reports of damage.
Miami County EMA Director Kristopher Marks said there were a few different structures damaged. A garage and roof were damaged. Marks also said some hog barns were damaged at 600 North and 600 West.
Howard County EMA Director Larry Smith reported flooding at Washington and North Street, Carter and Murden Street, and along Park Avenue in Kokomo. Smith also stated Wildcat Creek was at 6'4" as of 12:25 a.m. Thursday morning, up a foot since 8 p.m. Wednesday night.
Thousands of homes are currently without power across Indiana.
UPDATE 12:22 a.m.: Severe Thunderstorm warnings stretch from Frankfort to Portland, to Anderson to Kokomo.
A PDS (Particularly Dangerous Situation) Severe Thunderstorm Watch continues until 2 a.m. and this system pushes southeast.
Flash Flood Warnings are also being issued in northern Indiana due to torrential rain. Many reports of streets flooded north of Kokomo and north of Lafayette. The Flash Flood Warnings last through Daybreak Thursday.
Check with the Forecast 8 Weather Blog for the updates on these storms.
UPDATE 11:32 p.m.: A Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for Carroll, Clinton, Delaware, Hamilton, Henry, Howard, Madison, Randolph and Tipton counties until 12:15 a.m.
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UPDATE 11:17 p.m.: A Tornado Warning has been issued for Blackford and Jay counties until 12 a.m.
The storm has already caused a number of outages in Central Indiana. Duke Energy was reporting more than 5,000 without power around 11:30 p.m. -- most of those were in Wabash County. Indianapolis Power and Light Company had 20 reported outages.
UPDATE 10:50 p.m.: A tornado warning has been issued for Grant County, Wabash County, Huntington County until 11:15 p.m.
24-Hour News 8 will be breaking into programming throughout the evening as this powerful storm system continues to move south toward Indianapolis.
UPDATE 10:35 p.m.: A Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Carroll and Tippecanoe counties has been issued until 11 p.m.
Cass, Clinton, Howard, Huntington, Miami, Wabash and White counties has an issued Severe Thunderstorm Warning until 11:30 p.m.
A complete list of weather alerts can be found
UPDATE 10:09 p.m.: A tornado warning has been issued for White County and Cass County.
Stay with Forecast 8 and 24-Hour News 8 for more on this developing weather situation.
UPDATE 9:42 p.m.: Severe weather has moved into northern Indiana as strong winds knocked off power for thousands.
Emergency management officials in LaPorte County told WISH-TV that an unconfirmed funnel cloud was spotted south of the city of LaPorte.
LaPorte County also reported wind gusts of 60 MPH and trees down.
Lake County has reported flooding to WISH-TV.
NIPSCO is reporting 35, 614 customers without power.
The largest cities affected are:
- Crown Point - 13,378 homes without power
- Gary - 3,592 homes without power
- Merrillville - 5,816 homes without power
- Hobart - 1,394 homes without power
- Schererville - 3,666 homes without power
- Valparaiso - 2,140 homes without power
Some flights in and out of Indianapolis International Airport have been affected.
Three flights out of Chicago O'Hare have been cancelled and and a flight from Chicago Midway has been delayed due to the weather.
UPDATE 8:34 p.m.: A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect until 2 a.m. and now includes Indianapolis.
This is still a PDS watch-meaning a particularly dangerous situation. Widespread damaging winds are likely, most likely associated with a derecho as this system moves through tonight.
Wind gusts of 80 mph or greater. Large hail of 2″ in diameter or more, and isolated tornadoes are additional threats.
The watch affects the following counties:
BOONE, CLINTON, HAMILTON, HANCOCK, HENDRICKS, MADISON, MARION, TIPTON, DELAWARE, HENRY, RANDOLPH, FOUNTAIN, MONTGOMERY, TIPPECANOE and WARREN.
This includes the cities of ANDERSON, CRAWFORDSVILLE, FRANKFORT, INDIANAPOLIS, LAFAYETTE and MUNCIE.
Secure lawn furniture, bring in anything that could get picked up by the wind, as it could become a hazard. Charge cell phones, laptops, etc. now before the storms move through-there could be power outages.
Check with the Forecast 8 Weather Blog for the updates on these storms.
UPDATE 8:09 p.m.: As storms have started moving into Indiana, a number of flight cancelations and delays and begun as well.
For the latest information on flight statuses, click here.
UPDATE 7:07 p.m.: A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect for northern Indiana until 2 a.m.
The counties in the watch include:
ADAMS, ALLEN, BENTON, BLACKFORD, CARROLL, CASS, DE KALB, ELKHART, FULTON, GRANT, HOWARD, HUNTINGTON, JASPER, JAY, KOSCIUSKO, LAGRANGE, LAKE, LA PORTE, MARSHALL, MIAMI, NEWTON, NOBLE, PORTER, PULASKI, ST. JOSEPH, STARKE, STEUBEN, WABASH, WELLS, WHITE and WHITLEY.
This is a rare PDS watch = Particularly Dangerous Situation.The watch means conditions are favorable for severe thunderstorms. Including damaging winds, a possible derecho event, and large hail up to 2″ in diameter.
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Tornadoes are possible to the northwest.
A severe weather outbreak looks increasingly likely for this evening for parts of Indiana, specifically northern and central Indiana. The threat will continue into the overnight hours as a strong line of storms is expected to move across the state from northwest to southeast.
Part of a large line of storms expected to hit the Midwest on Wednesday has created the possibility for storms in Indiana, as well.
Forecast 8 Meteorologist Randy Ollis said Indiana could see damaging winds, large hail and possibly some tornadoes. Wednesday was expected to be the hottest day of the year so far.
Much of northern Indiana is under a high risk for severe weather while Indianapolis and the surrounding metro areas is under a moderate risk for severe weather.
Storms could begin Wednesday night.
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