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Eyes To The Sky: Tornado Watch Extended Until 10 P.M.

The tornado watch includes most of the state of Indiana.

5:00 P.M. UPDATE

As expected, forecasters at the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center have issued a tornado watch for southern and east central Indiana until 10 p.m.

Primary threats include a few tornadoes and damaging wind gusts to 70 mph. As forecasted earlier, National Weather Service Meteorologist Daniel McCarthy says he expects the worst to come between 5 p.m. and midnight.

Thunderstorms earlier today flooded streets in Frankfort while dropping as much as 2 inches of rain near Lebanon in a 3 hour period.

Weather status by county may be found here.

1:30 P.M. UPDATE

A line of thunderstorms is headed toward south central Indiana this afternoon. Forecasters from the National Weather Service say a moist, unstable atmosphere ahead of an incoming front will result in the possibility of widespread wind damage along with large hail and a few tornadoes.

A tornado watch is in effect through 5 p.m. Primary threats also include heavy rain, flooding and wind gusts from 40 mph to 50 mph.

Additional severe storms are possible late this afternoon. National Weather Service Meteorologist Daniel McCarthy says he expects the worst to come between 5 p.m. and midnight.

“It’s going to hit pretty much 90 percent of the state is under a moderate risk of severe thunderstorms.  What that means is we’re looking at damaging winds and tornadoes as the biggest threat,” McCarthy said. “We could see winds as high as 70 mph.  We could see tornadoes that produce some damage.”

Flooding is also a concern. This storm system could bring another 1 to 2 inches of rain to some areas. Much cooler air settles in for Friday and the weekend.

Weather status by county may be found here.

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