Storms bring hail, high winds to central Indiana
Severe thunderstorms are popping up in parts of central Indiana tonight.
A large storm cell brought quarter-size and larger hail to Johnson County, including Franklin, Trafalgar and Nineveh, at around 6:30 pm.
More than 40 home alarms sounded during the storm and 911 dispatchers say they worked "non-stop" for 45 minutes as the storm blew through.
The Johnson County Sheriff's Department says most of their cars that were out in the storm sustained hail damage.
The storms may have taken down some trees in New Palestine. EMA officials say a tree fell on a car near New Palestine with people inside, but they were able to escape unharmed.
Telephone lines fell across US 40 west of Greenfield, closing the highway for a short time.
Later Wednesday evening, hail nearly an inch in diameter was reported in Thorntown, as a storm cell moved north through west central Indiana.
5:34 200 NASHVILLE BROWN IN 3920 8624 HAIL STONES RANGING IN SIZE FROM ONE INCH TO TWO INCHES. (IND)
5:45 175 6 S SPEARSVILLE BROWN IN 3924 8620 (IND)
5:46 100 3 S PRINCES LAKES BROWN IN 3931 8611 (IND)
6:04 175 1 W FRANKLIN JOHNSON IN 3949 8608 COOP OBSERVER REPORTED HAIL FOR A DURATION OF ABOUT 3 MINUTES. (IND)
6:06 150 FRANKLIN JOHNSON IN 3949 8606 (IND)
6:07 100 FRANKLIN JOHNSON IN 3949 8606 OVER THE LAST 5-10 MINUTES. (IND)
6:09 175 FRANKLIN JOHNSON IN 3949 8606 FALLEN OVER THE LAST FIVE MINUTES. JUST NORTHWEST OF DOWNTOWN FRANKLIN. (IND)
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The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch until 1:00 am (EDT) Thursday for 11 Indiana counties.
The following counties are included in the watch:
Benton Boone Carroll Cass Clinton Fountain Howard Miami Montgomery Parke Tippecanoe Tipton Vermillion Warren White
This includes the cities of Crawfordsville, Frankfort, Kokomo and Lafayette.
Scattered, strong storms are possible later Wednesday night in western and northwestern Indiana and the heavy rain from downstream leftovers may dampen the Thursday morning commute for some.
Also, western Indiana will be under a moderate risk for severe storms Thursday. This is an area where atmospheric wind shear/instability will be maximized and offers the greatest threat to produce damaging wind/tornadoes. All of central Indiana is under a slight risk for severe storms late Thursday/predawn Friday.
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