Storms bring hail, rain, high winds to central Indiana
Overnight storms brought periods of heavy rain and prompted several tornado warnings in central Indiana. The rain is expected to continue through the morning commute in the Indianapolis area.
High water was reported along I-65 between the 139 and 140 mile markers by Boone County authorities. In Indianapolis, areas prone to flash flooding, like Keystone Avenue and Kessler Boulevard, saw some minor flooding overnight, but that water quickly went away, just in time for the morning commute.
Hamilton County dispatch reported several incidents of quarter-size hail on the south sides of Fishers and Carmel.
The National Weather Service issued a Tornado Warning for counties north and west of Indianapolis between 1:15 a.m. and 1:45 a.m. No damage has been reported in those counties.
It was a noisy night on US 31 Wednesday. Severe thunderstorms criss-crossed the highway all afternoon and evening.
From northern Marion County to Carmel to Westfield, and through Tipton, Kokomo and beyond, storms brought torrents of rain and hail.
The hail ranged from pea-sized to golf ball-sized.
In Westfield, just off 146th Street, Lyn Stacy was checking out her neighborhood. "I'm not seeing anything. Mine's been pretty good," she said. "I'm not seeing any damage in all of this."
Lyn was at work when the multiple storms swept across US 31 to her store. "It sounded like the hail storms were this big." Lyn held out her hands to show the size of a watermelon. "It was just booming on the roof."
"It was very loud," said Jessica Hintz.
"Gusts of wind, large hail. We were very happy we had the cars inside," Jessica's dad Dan said.
A Severe Thunderstorm Watch remains in effect for much of central Indiana until 3:00 a.m. Thursday, as another round of heavy rain is moving eastward from Illinois.
A Tornado Watch is in effect until 4:00 a.m. for southern Indiana, included the Vincennes area.
Strong storms brought golf ball-sized hail to the Indianapolis north side and Fishers Wednesday evening, damaging cars and causing traffic backups.
Damaging wind and large hail are the primary threats with these storms. An isolated tornado cannot be ruled out.
Wednesday night, that risk of severe weather remains, and heavy rain along with thunderstorms will stick with us through Thursday morning's commute.
This system could bring one to two inches of rain to central Indiana.
In the seven-day forecast, get ready for a big temperature drop. Temps will only reach the upper 40s by Friday.
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Hail damage reports:
1736 100 CONVERSE MIAMI IN 4058 8587 REPORT FROM TRAINED SPOTTER TO EMERGENCY MANAGER. (IWX)
1900 100 TERRE HAUTE VIGO IN 3947 8738 (IND)
1912 100 4 N TERRE HAUTE VIGO IN 3953 8738 (IND)
2005 100 NORTH SALEM HENDRICKS IN 3986 8664 (IND)
2008 100 2 W DAYTON TIPPECANOE IN 4038 8681 (IND)
2010 100 2 NE DAYTON TIPPECANOE IN 4040 8675 (IND)
2018 100 3 NNE MUNCIE DELAWARE IN 4024 8537 (IND)
2022 100 PITTSBORO HENDRICKS IN 3987 8646 (IND)
2029 100 BROWNSBURG HENDRICKS IN 3984 8639 (IND)
2040 100 1 W MARKLE HUNTINGTON IN 4083 8535 QUARTER SIZE HAIL REPORTED ON I-69 AT THE 286 MILE MARKER. TIME ESTIMATED FROM RADAR. (IWX)
2041 100 1 NE BROWNSBURG HENDRICKS IN 3985 8638 (IND)
2048 150 11 NNW INDIANAPOLIS MARION IN 3992 8623 (IND)
2050 100 1 SW CARMEL HAMILTON IN 3996 8612 LOCATED AT 96TH STREET AND MERIDIAN (IND)
2054 150 10 N INDIANAPOLIS MARION IN 3992 8615 (IND)
2055 125 CARMEL HAMILTON IN 3997 8611 MONON CENTER (IND)
2057 100 CARMEL HAMILTON IN 3997 8611 (IND)
2058 150 CARMEL HAMILTON IN 3997 8611 (IND)
2100 100 INDIANAPOLIS MARION IN 3978 8615 EAST 96TH ST. (IND)
2100 200 FISHERS HAMILTON IN 3995 8602 (IND)
2100 125 CARMEL HAMILTON IN 3997 8611 HOLES RIPPED IN SCREENS. (IND)
2103 150 FISHERS HAMILTON IN 3995 8602 AT 146TH AND MARYLAND (IND)
2105 125 CARMEL HAMILTON IN 3997 8611 (IND)
2106 150 FISHERS HAMILTON IN 3995 8602 (IND)
2106 175 2 SE CARMEL HAMILTON IN 3995 8608 (IND)
2110 150 CARMEL HAMILTON IN 3997 8611 ROSS CROSSING (IND)
2110 175 3 SSE NOBLESVILLE HAMILTON IN 4002 8601 (IND)
2112 100 FISHERS HAMILTON IN 3995 8602 (IND)
2121 100 NEW ROSS MONTGOMERY IN 3996 8671 HWY136 AND CR1050E (IND)
2131 100 LADOGA MONTGOMERY IN 3992 8680 ALSO 45 MPH WIND GUST. (IND)
2142 100 3 ENE MIDDLETOWN DELAWARE IN 4008 8549 (IND)