Tornado watch canceled for central Indiana

Melissa Day - East Elementary School, Pendleton
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Central Indiana might have dodged the worst of an oncoming storm, but the southern third of the state could have a rough evening.

The National Weather Service has canceled a tornado watch that had been issued until 10:00 pm Thursday for most counties in Central Indiana.

Indianapolis Chief Meteorologist Dan McCarthy said Thursday afternoon that the biggest threats to Indiana from the massive storm system pounding Middle America have shifted to a region southeast of a line from Evansville through Bloomington to Shelbyville.

McCarthy says the area from Indianapolis north likely will see only rain and hail. He expected the main cold front to pass through southern Indiana Thursday evening and night. After the cold front passes, temperatures should drop from the upper 70s into the 40s.

He said the main threats are possible tornadoes and winds as high as 70 mph. A wind advisory is in effect for central Indiana until 6:00 pm.

A flash flood watch will also be in effect as soaking rains over saturated ground could cause flooding.

Note: Anytime a moderate risk is issued, severe weather is likely, so make sure you have a plan to stay safe should severe weather move into your area.

See severe weather preparation tips here. What to do before, during and after a storm.

See all watches and warnings here.

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