INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - Good morning. Here are five things you need to know today:
1) Bloomington police are looking for the man who beat up and raped a homeless woman along W. 3rd Street near SR-37 on the city's west side early Wednesday morning. The suspect hasn't been identified and investigators think he was a stranger to the woman. He was described as a white man in his 20s or 30s with a full beard that appeared to be groomed.
2) Another two feet of rain is expected from Hurricane Florence in some spots with a storm surge of 11 feet near Cape Lookout. This continues to be a very dangerous storm that has already inundated coastal streets with ocean water and left tens of thousands without power. Forecasters say that "catastrophic" freshwater flooding is expected over portions of the Carolinas as Hurricane Florence inches closer to the U.S. East Coast.
3) The same upper level high pressure that's the main driver of the path for Hurricane Florence is also driving our weather, giving us a prolonged stretch of mainly sunny, warm days in Central Indiana. Chuck Lofton says highs go into the 80s today and remain well into the mid- and upper 80s this weekend into much of next week. This is due to a large area of upper level high pressure that promotes sinking air, limited cloud cover, and warming conditions. The average high temperature this time of year is in the upper 70s.
4) It's Week 5 of Operation Football! The Band of the Week is from Decatur Central High School and our Cheerleaders of the Week are from Winchester High School. Carlos Diaz joined students at Cascade High School for the Sunrise pep rally, and Dave Calabro will be live at Decatur Central this evening as the Hawks play Moorseville. Taylor Tannebaum will be live at Warren Central High School before the No. 1 Warriors play the No. 4 Ben Davis Giants. Check out our full OPFB Battle Plan for all the games we're covering this week.
5) Tickets for Garth Brooks, the first-ever concert at Notre Dame Stadium, go on sale at 10 a.m. The concert is set for October 20 at 7 p.m. You can buy tickets online, by calling Ticketmaster Express at (1-866) 448-7849 or (1-800) 745-3000, or by going to the Ticketmaster mobile app. There is an 8-ticket limit per purchase. Tickets prices, including service charges, will be $98.95.