Damage Reports Coming In After Strong Afternoon Storms

Damaging wind gusts will be the primary threat, with hail, brief heavy rainfall and dangerous lightning also possible.

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Storm damage off of North Jordan Ave. on the IU campus Friday afternoon.

Click here for a list of broadcast counties under severe weather alerts.

6:10 PM UPDATE

New report from Jackson county of a transformer blown off a utility pole and on fire in Seymour. Railroad crossing arms are broken off on U.S. 50 with numerous traffic lights out and trees fallen.

5:17 PM UPDATE

More storm reports coming in… 65 MPH winds measured on State Road 37 about 1 mile north of Bloomington causing a 12-inch diameter tree to snap off its base near the intersection of North Hartstrait and Ratliff roads.

The end seems to be in sight. Forecasters at the National Weather Service are canceling parts of the thunderstorm watch that was in effect until 11 PM.

4:24 PM UPDATE

Strong storms moving east at 25 MPH.. warnings are still being issued for damaging winds in excess of 60 MPH and hail the size of quarters.

Hail about 0.70 in size was reported at 8th and Rogers streets in Bloomington. One inch hail has also been reported in Brownsburg.

3:26 PM UPDATE

The Storm Prediction Center has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for portions of Indiana until 11:00 tonight. Hail to 1.5 inches in diameter, thunderstorm wind gusts to 75 MPH and dangerous lightning are possible in these areas.

Thunderstorm warnings are already in effect. Local storm reports from the National Weather Service indicate 0.70 inch hail has fallen 3 miles north of Terre Haute and 40 MPH wind gusts has been reported in Putnam county.

The scattered showers and thunderstorms are developing due to an upper level disturbance and an associated cold front approaching from the north.

Joe Hren

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

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