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Much Of Indiana Under Risk Of Severe Storms Tonight

Residents should be on the lookout for special weather bulletins throughout the evening and overnight hours.

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Lightning strikes over Bloomington during a thunderstorm.

Forecasters at the National Weather Service are predicting severe thunderstorms across central Indiana on Wednesday night after a cold front collides with warm and humid conditions earlier in the day.

Temperatures are expected to reach 95 degrees.

These storms will move rapidly across all of central Indiana into the early overnight period.

Lightning, large hail and an isolated tornado are possible, but meteorologist Mark Dahmer says to be on the lookout for possible “Derecho” patterns.

A Derecho is a widespread, long-lived storm system that consists of rapidly moving showers, thunderstorms and damaging straight line winds. Dahmer says they also pack a damage swath of more than 240 miles and winds of at least 58 mph along most of its length.

The last time the region experienced a Derecho was June 29, 2012. Dahmer says that one began in eastern Iowa and stretched all the way to the east coast.

Forecasters say to be on the lookout for possible severe weather watches and warnings as the evening progresses.

Weather status by county can be found here.

Network Indiana contributed to this report.

Joe Hren

Anchor, Indiana Newsdesk - WTIU & WFIU News. Follow him on Twitter @Joe_Hren

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