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Enhanced chance of severe weather strongest in southern Indiana

There is an enhanced risk of severe weather for much of Indiana today.


“An enhanced risk means there is a greater chance of severe weather than slight risk. When we get to an enhanced risk, we’re saying, ‘Hey, this is really a day you need to pay more attention to the weather,” says Jason Puma, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Indianapolis.

Puma recommends you be on the lookout for severe thunderstorm watches or warnings as well as tornado watches or warnings.


“We’ll see some rain move in towards the latter part of the morning and into the afternoon. We’re more concerned, though, with a second round of rain moving in late this afternoon and into the evening hours,” says Puma.


He projects the timeline to be from 7 pm to 2 am Friday.


“That’s when we could see our severe weather move across central Indiana. With the rain we had yesterday on top of what we could get today, that could result in some flash flooding in those areas,” says Puma.


Puma believes the cities and towns with the best chance for a tornado are in southern Indiana.

“Places like Seymour, Bedford, Bloomington, Columbus, and maybe even as far south as Vincennes. That’s the area we’re going to be focusing on, but we can’t rule it out anywhere,” says Puma.


Other things to watch out for include damaging winds, hail, and flooding. A flash flood watch will be in effect tonight across much of southern Indiana. The threat of severe weather in the northern part of the state is significantly less, Puma says.


The National Weather Service advises you to monitor the forecasts and the weather, be alert for storm development and know where to take shelter.