Severe thunderstorm watch in effect until 3am for part of Indiana

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Chuck Lofton
A severe thunderstorm watch has been extended until 3 a.m. for counties in the western part of Indiana after an afternoon of severe storms across the central part of the state.

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Hail ranging from pea-size to ping-pong ball-size was reported across central Indiana in several locations. There were a few reports of stalled vehicles in high water and a tree that came down on a garage.

At least two fires were reported Wednesday evening with lightning strikes as a possible cause.

At 9 p.m., Duke Energy reported about 1,400 customers without power, mostly to the southeast of Indianapolis. Power crews are starting to deal with outages across the area. IPL reports about 700 Marion County customers in the dark. Most are in Franklin Township, the southeast corner of the county.

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A flash flood warning is in effect for northeastern Johnson, northwestern Shelby, southern Marion and southwestern Hancock County until 8:00 pm.
The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch until 3:00 a.m. for the following counties:
LAWRENCE              MONROE
DAVIESS               GREENE                KNOX
MARTIN                SULLIVAN
CLAY                  OWEN                  PARKE
PUTNAM                VERMILLION            VIGO

Rain and thunderstorms could affect Community Day activities at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this afternoon.

The passage of a cold front changes things, setting us up for a mild and dry stretch of weather into the weekend. Remember, it is a weekend that includes the 500 Festival Parade, the Indy 500 and Memorial Day.

We are forecasting some sun and 76 for Carburetion Day Friday, sunshine on 78 for the Parade Saturday, sunshine and 80 for Race Day on Sunday and some sun and 85 for Memorial Day Monday.

Two tornadoes killed 17 people and injured over 200 more. Most of the deaths and injuries occurred when a tornado hit the west side of Shelburn.