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Cool Change Starts Week But Warm Race Weekend Awaits

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Storms packed a punch Sunday evening with pockets of wind damage and possibly a brief tornado in Shelby County south of Fairland. This line continues marching east-southeast and we're becoming partly cloudy/less humid overnight.


Areas of dense fog could impact the Monday morning commute but there should be enough wind to minimize coverage. You'll notice a cooler, less humid breeze developing late in the day.

Monday afternoon highs only top-out in the mid-60s and you'll be able to air-out the house Monday night with comfortably cool lows in the 40s.

Tuesday looks rather pleasant from a Muggy Meter perspective... though clouds may filter sun at times. We're targeting late Tuesday night-Wednesday morning for the next round of storms. These should exit by Wednesday afternoon and another round of muggy air arrives.

Thursday into Indy 500 weekend will be warm and humid with highs in the mid/upper 80s. It appears Central Indiana will be on the edge of a hot dome centered across the southeastern U.S. This puts us in a daily chance of afternoon storms... though will have to wait for specifics on location and coverage. Stay tuned - Sean Ash



Sunday storms cause trees, power lines down

Clouds over Boulevard Elementary School in Howard County, Ind. (WTHR Weather Camera)
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INDIANAPOLIS — Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued for the storms moving across central Indiana Sunday night.

This page will be updated throughout Sunday night with information on warnings, damage and power outages if appropriate.

10:30 p.m. - As of Sunday night, IPL had about 712 customers without power. Duke reported 2,279 customers without power.

8:30 p.m. - Shelby County Emergency Management officials confirmed reports of some trees and power lines down. There were no injuries reported.


Indianapolis Fire Department found a tree down on 31st Street. Luckily no one was injured but they did find a displaced momma raccoon and her six babies.

8:10 p.m. - Tornado rotation has weakened but strong winds still lingering until about 9 p.m.


7:20 p.m. - Sean Ash says the radar suggests debri from possible tornado damage in Shelby County. Emergency Management confirmed to Eyewitness News that they had crews going out to assess but could not say whether any damage had been reported yet.


7:00 p.m. - The severe thunderstorm warning for Marion and Hamilton counties shifted east to include Anderson and Muncie. The warning will end at 7:45 p.m.


6:54 p.m. - Another severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for the south side of Indianapolis.


6:45 p.m. - Eyewitness News is starting to receive reports of damage from the high winds associated with the storm.


6:41 p.m. - Heavy rain is about to cross over I-65.


6:38 p.m. - The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Marion, Morgan and Shelby Counties until 7:00pm.


6:34 p.m. - Live Doppler 13 Radar is indicating rotation is tightening up outside of Brownsburg.


6:15 p.m. - The line of storms is moving closer to Indianapolis. Rain will be hitting IMS before 7pm. If you are at the track, please seek shelter.



6:05 p.m. - Another severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for parts of Putnam, Montgomery, Hendricks and Boone counties.


6:03 p.m. - Fans at IMS are urged to seek shelter as storms moving into Speedway.


6:00 p.m. - A new severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Kokomo, Elwood and Tipton until 6:45 p.m.


5:54 p.m. - Qualifying for the Indianapolis 500 snuck in just before the rain moved into Speedway.


Nearly all of central Indiana is under a thunderstorm watch with a few active warnings.


5:40 p.m. - Meteorologist Sean Ash said to expect wind gusts up to 60 MPH.


4:38 p.m. - Live Doppler 13 Meteorologist Sean Ash gives an update on Facebook Live as Severe Thunderstorm Watches and Warnings come in.

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Line Of Severe Storms In Western Indiana

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A line of storms with a history of 55-60+ mph gusts now impacting west-central Indiana and arrives in the Indy metro area between 5:30-6 PM.

Pockets of wind damage are likely and downpours, lightning require you to monitor radar closely.

Storms end west-to-east and are out of the state before midnight.



Late-Day Sun And Warmth May Fuel Severe Storms

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It's been a soggy Sunday in Central Indiana. Widespread downpours ease, but we're monitoring a intensifying line of storms over south-central Illinois that should arrive in Indiana by 4-4:30 PM.

It's possible this line becomes severe with late-day sun/heating in Central Indiana. With or without severe weather, we're expecting another batch of heavy storms to move across the state between 4 PM - 9 PM. Stay Weather Aware with the potential of some warnings this evening.

Storms diminish before midnight with only a slight chance of showers into Monday morning. Areas of dense fog could impact the morning commute but you'll notice a cooler, less humid breeze developing late in the day. Monday afternoon highs only top-out in the mid-60s and you'll be able to air-out the house Monday night with comfortably cool lows in the 40s.

Tuesday looks rather pleasant from a Muggy Meter perspective... though clouds may filter sun at times. We're targeting late Tuesday night-Wednesday morning for the next round of storms. These should exit by Wednesday afternoon and another round of muggy air arrives.

Thursday into Indy 500 weekend will be warm and humid with highs in the mid/upper 80s. It appears Central Indiana will be on the edge of a hot dome centered across the southeastern U.S. This puts us in a daily chance of afternoon storms... though will have to wait for specifics on location and coverage. Stay tuned - Sean Ash



Sunday Storm Threat - Live Doppler 13 Weather Blog

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Rain showers are becoming more widespread through Central Indiana.

There isn't currently any lightning or thunder associated with these showers and that looks to be the trend through the morning hours.

Winds are beginning to pick up -- gusting to 20-30 mph right but set to increase to 40 mph in spots this afternoon.

There is a potential of stronger wind gusts as the wide area of rain begins to push east into the early afternoon. Here's Futuretrak13 at 2 PM:

As the first round of rain begins to depart -- the atmosphere will have some time to recover and potentially help fuel storm development ahead of a cold front.

That is why the Storm Prediction Center keeps all of Central Indiana under a risk of scattered severe storms through the afternoon, into the early evening.

Notice the two areas of rain/storms -- as the early afternoon area departs, another line initiates ahead of the cold front on the western side of the state after 4 PM.

Indianapolis metro should get a little dry time in between the two rounds of rain.

Should the atmosphere have enough time to recover after the earlier round of rain, the line could potentially reach severe limits as it moves west to east across the state.

The line arrives in the Indianapolis metro around 6 PM.

The line will continue to push off to the east through 8 PM as the severe threat diminishes.

The primary threat today will be damaging wind gusts embedded within the line of thunderstorms.

Be on the lookout for a few downed trees/branches and be prepared for isolated power outages should a strong storm hit your area.

Hail and an isolated spin-up tornado still can't be ruled out although the overall threat remains low.

Remember that downpours, lightning are threats within any thunderstorm even if it doesn't reach severe limits and will impact outdoor plans.

A stray shower will linger into early Monday morning with a gradual clearing in the afternoon. Cooler with highs struggling to reach the upper 60s.

Tuesday will be another pleasant day before temperatures ramp back up. We're in the 80s beginning Wednesday lasting into next weekend.

Scattered showers and storms are also back in the forecast starting Wednesday. Neither Wednesday or Thursday looks to be a washout so keep an eye on the forecast for outdoor plans.

Looking ahead the race weekend -- there is still some disagreeing with the long range weather models but the overall rain chance looks to be on the low side with highs in the lower 80s.



Sunday's Severe Threat - Live Doppler 13 Blog

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Sunday will be stormy at times. There is a chance of showers and thunderstorms by mid morning.

There should be many dry hours from late morning through early afternoon. Thunderstorms become likely by mid to late afternoon.

A line of thunderstorms will develop with some strong to severe thunderstorms possible.

Damaging winds will be the main threat but large hail will be possible. An isolated tornado will be possible too. It will be a breezy day, with or without storms. Winds will be gusting from 35 to 40 mph.

Temperatures will be cooler with highs in the upper 70s.

Storms will exit central Indiana by mid evening.



Steamy to Stormy - Live Doppler 13 Weather Blog

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We're starting our weekend on a steamy note. Mostly sunny skies dominate for the first half of the day with increasing afternoon clouds and temps.

Highs top out near 86° with a strong southwest wind gusting to 30 mph at times.

With the heat of the afternoon -- there is a slim chance of isolated pop-up storms developing. This is a LOW chance but can't be completely ruled out.

As we lose daytime heating, the pop-up risk comes to an end. We're in for a mild evening with a few clouds as temperatures fall into the 70s.

All of Indiana has been placed under a Level 1 of 5 from the Storm Prediction Center with a threat of scattered severe storms Sunday.

As a cold front pushes through, stronger storms could develop along that boundary prompting the potential of damaging wind gusts and hail in the afternoon.

Storms that stay below severe limits will contain downpours and lightning -- impacting outdoor plans for Sunday.

Plan ahead for Sunday if you have outdoor plans. Scattered showers and storms will start to become widespread by 9 AM.

It looks like there is a potential of weather delays at the IMS for Sunday's shootouts.

A line of storms will come together along and just head of the cold front Sunday afternoon -- here's 1 PM.

The threat of severe weather continues into the afternoon -- here's 3 PM.

The line of storms will move through in the early evening -- damaging wind gusts are possible with this line bringing the potential of a few downed trees, branches and power lines.

Lingering scattered storms will be possible into the evening before clearing out overnight.

Temperatures peak in the upper 70s then fall into the lower 50s by early Monday morning as cooler air arrives behind the front.

We will start next week cooler, with highs in the range of 65 to 70 degrees on Monday. Monday and Tuesday look to stay dry.

There is a chance for more rain by early Wednesday. We are forecasting another round of heat later next week with highs back in the 80s starting Wednesday afternoon. As the heat starts to build, there will be a chance for a storm on Thursday.



Weekend Forecast Sunshine and Storms - Live Doppler 13 Weather Blog

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A few showers and storms are still possible this evening, but most of central Indiana will be dry and warm. Heat will be the weather issue to start the weekend and storms will be the weather issue to end the weekend.

Saturday will be your dry day. It will be warm and muggy with afternoon temperatures in the middle 80s.

Take advantage of the dry time because the chance for storms is back for Sunday. Sunday will still be warm and near 80 degrees, but scattered storms will interrupt your outdoor plans for the end of the weekend.

There is a chance a few of the storms on Sunday reach strong/severe limits.

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Right now Sunday doesn't look like an all day heavy rain, but there will be scattered storms possible all day. Here is the timeline with FutureTrak13.

We will start next week cooler, with highs in the range of 65 to 70 degrees on Monday. You will have most of Monday and Tuesday dry.

There is a chance for more rain later Tuesday into early Wednesday. We are forecasting another round of heat later next week. As the heat starts to build, there will be a chance for a storm on Thursday. 80s are in the forecast Wednesday through Friday.



Weekend: Hot Then Stormy - Live Doppler 13 Blog

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There is a chance of scattered thunderstorms this afternoon into the early evening.

A couple of storms could be strong to severe.

The better chance of severe storms will be in north central Indiana. It will be a warm and humid day under partly sunny skies and highs will be in the low to mid 80s.

It will be partly cloudy and mild this evening with temperatures falling into the low to mid 60s.

Saturday will be warm, hazy and breezy. Gusts will be around 25 to 30mph with winds out of the southwest.

Saturday evening will be dry and mild with temperatures falling into the low 60s.

A cold front will arrive on Sunday. It will trigger showers and thunderstorms. There is a threat of strong to severe thunderstorms.

Right now, storms will arrive by early afternoon. It’s possible that the front could speed up and bring storms in by mid morning. Keep checking back for the latest updates on storm arrival. With the humid and warm air in place, severe storms will be on the table, with damaging winds and large hail the main threats. It will be a bit cooler, thanks to the rain cooled air with highs in the upper 70s.



Severe Threat is Over - Look Ahead to Friday and the Weekend

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A line of severe storms moved through central Indiana on Thursday afternoon and evening. 60mph winds brought down lots of trees and caused power outages. The severe threat is over for now. The Live Doppler 13 Weather Team will keep a close eye across northern Iowa to see if an additional complex of storms develops. If it does there will be another round of rain and storms possible early Friday.

The best chance for storms will be across the northern half of the state. The rest of central Indiana will start to heat up. Forecast highs are in the lower and middle 80s on Friday.

The boundary lifts a little farther north on Saturday and the heat continues to build. We are forecasting middle 80s on Saturday afternoon. You will fell the humidity climb too for a hazy and humid start to the weekend. It is a big weekend at IMS. There is fast Friday, pole day and bump day. Right now bump day looks like the day that will be interrupted with rain. There will be scattered showers and storms possible Sunday afternoon and evening. It will still be warm and muggy and in the lower 80s.

Milder air returns early next week before more heat and storm chances late Tuesday into Wednesday.



Strong Storms Possible Tonight into Friday - Live Doppler 13

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A line of showers and thunderstorms are approaching the northern Indiana boarder along a warm front. Clouds are increasing with temperatures eventually climbing into the upper 70s.

A few isolated storms will be possible with the heat of the day.

A few storms may be strong to severe, with the main threats being damaging winds and large hail. An isolated tornado is possible.

More storms will be possible Friday morning and some could be strong to severe.



Heating Up - Live Doppler 13 Weather Blog

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A weak system is sitting just southwest of Central Indiana today -- it will spark a few stray rain showers this afternoon although who sees rain will be very hit and miss.

Temperatures recover to the lower 70s in the afternoon and it stays mild falling into the 60s this evening.


A strong southwest wind will usher in warmer temperatures for Thursday with storms developing along a front later in the evening.

Be on the lookout for areas of fog developing early Thursday morning. This will burn off relatively quickly once the sun rises.

The Storm Prediction Center has placed the northern half of the state under a level 1 of 5 for the risk of isolated strong storms -- the primary threat will be damaging wind gusts along the line of storms.

Timeline --- the front dips into far norhern Indiana after sunset, here's 9 PM.

The cluster of storms pushes into the Indianapolis metro approximately 9-11 PM and will mainly impact the eastern side of the state.

By midnight, the storm cluster exits the state to the south. A few lingering lighter storms will be possible through the overnight into Friday morning.

Highs will peak in the upper 70s Thursday afternoon.

We'll be even warmer for Friday as the 80s return.

Conditions stay mainly dry as we heat up to the mid 80s for highs to start the weekend.

Storms are back in the forecast for late Sunday -- most of the day should be relatively dry.

We'll keep a more active pattern into the start of next week with daily rain and storm chances. Temperatures remain above average in the upper 70s/lower 80s.