INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - Good morning. Here are five things you need to know today:
1) Westbound traffic coming into downtown on I-70 from the east side is blocked at Emerson Avenue after a truck hit an overhead sign there. State Police say a dump truck hit the electronic messaging sign near Pogues Run around 4 a.m., then a trailing semi hit the sign again. Neither driver was hurt, but large pieces of the sign fell onto the roadway. At 7 a.m., traffic was delayed by about 45 minutes because of the lanes troopers had to block off. They're advising drivers use surface streets like Massachusetts Avenue and 21st Street until roughly noon.
2) The woman accusing Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault has just a few more hours to decide if she'll testify before the Senate. Christine Ford's lawyers released a list of conditions for the Senate if they want her testimony, saying they want conditions "that are fair and which ensure her safety." Kavanaugh has denied the assault claims, which date back to the 80s.
3) Indiana Task Force 1 is coming home after helping execute more than 100 water rescues in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. Before leaving North Carolina, they met with Gov. Roy Cooper and FEMA Administrator Brock Long, who showed their appreciation for the task force's hard work. They're expected back home this afternoon.
4) A warm but windy morning is paving the way toward a major change that we will really feel late today and into the weekend. Chuck Lofton says a weakening line of showers and storms may move in by midday, but we'll have plenty of dry time this morning. Though temperatures may not reach 90 degrees today, it will feel that warm with heat indices of 90 - 95 degrees. Expect scattered to numerous downpours and storms along this front. These storms could delay the start of some Operation Football games, especially south of I-70 and east of I-65. The storms end sooner north-northwest and should be out of the state by 9 p.m. There is a marginal risk for severe weather in much of Indiana today. This opens the door for much cooler air tomorrow. In fact, it will feel 40 - 50 degrees cooler tomorrow morning as temperatures settle into the 50s.
5) Operation Football continues tonight with week 6. The Band of the Week is from Pendleton Heights and our Cheerleaders of the Week are from Southport High School. Carlos Diaz went out to Sheridan High School for this morning's Sunrise pep rally. The Blackhawks will play Taylor for homecoming tonight. Dave Calabro will be live from Pendleton Heights this evening, while Taylor Tannebaum will be at Brownsburg High School. Check out our Battle Plan for a list of all the games we're covering tonight.