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Hail Covering The Ground, Trees Down, Thousands Without Power

9:30 P.M. UPDATE

Tornado watch now in effect until 2 a.m. for far southern Indiana: Dubois, Orange, Scott and Washington counties.

9:00 P.M. UPDATE

Received a release from Bartholomew County officials asking residents to be careful traveling tonight... "The east side of the county has been hit hard with the storms."

A report from emergency officials indicate a tree fell on a house trapping a Brown County man. Emergency responders are having trouble reaching him due to numerous trees down over the roads.

A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect until 2 a.m.

A flash flood watch is in effect through Saturday morning. Multiple rounds of thunderstorms are expected late afternoon through Saturday morning. Several inches of rain are possible that could cause flash flooding.

Weather status by county as well as delays and closings being reported to WFIU and WTIU News may be found here.

8:30 P.M. UPDATE

Hail is covering the ground in Greensburg. A trained spotter reports 1.75 inch hail in Decatur County after a tornado warning was issued.

Fire department officials in Columbus report pea size hail and trees down due to 50 to 60 MPH winds.

Amateur radio also reports trees down in Brown County.

Almost 11,000 people are without power in Monroe and Bartholomew counties. Brown and Vigo counties account for 1,100 without power.

A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect until 2 a.m.

A flash flood watch is in effect through Saturday morning. Multiple rounds of thunderstorms are expected late afternoon through Saturday morning. Several inches of rain are possible that could cause flash flooding.

Weather status by county as well as delays and closings being reported to WFIU and WTIU News may be found here.

7:30 P.M. UPDATE:

Hail and strong winds are being reported as thunderstorms move through the area.

A trained spotter reports wind damage near Whitehall in Monroe Co. where 50 to 60 MPH winds pushed over a couple of trees and knocked out power.

Earlier reports of 0.75 inch hail in Paragon and Stinesville are being reported to the National Weather Service.

A flash flood watch is in effect through Saturday morning. Multiple rounds of thunderstorms are expected late afternoon through Saturday morning. Several inches of rain are possible that could cause flash flooding.

Weather status by county as well as delays and closings being reported to WFIU and WTIU News may be found here.

ORIGINAL STORY:

National Weather Service Forecasters are calling for a very active weather pattern tonight into the weekend.

Expect rain and thunderstorms later this afternoon and tonight due to an approaching frontal system. Officials say severe storms may develop throughout central Indiana, especially the southern part of the state.

Damaging winds, large hail and isolated tornadoes may be possible. The frontal system will bring rain and storms to the state throughout the weekend bringing potential for heavy rains and flooding problems.

Weather status by county as well as delays and closings being reported to WFIU and WTIU News may be found here.

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