(INDIANAPOLIS) - Initial predictions were dire, but it looks like widespread flooding rains from the remnants of Hurricane Isaac will not materialize in central Indiana.
After a few days of predictions of 3- to 6-inch rainfall in central Indiana, the National Weather Service's Hydrometeorological Prediction Center is now calling for up to 2.5 inches of rainfall in spots over the next couple of days.
The remnants of Isaac have merged with a frontal system, and there is less moisture with the storm system than there was in recent days.
Heavy rains have fallen in Missouri and Illinois over the last couple of days, and there have been some tornado watches just west of Indiana the last couple of days.
Rain is still expected in Indiana, some of it heavy, along with some thunderstorms, but rain is not expected to be as long-lasting as once thought.
Forecasts of torrential rain prompted officials to offer sandbags and to warn Hoosiers of potential flooding. There still could be some localized flooding, but widespread flood conditions are not expected.
Any rain will be beneficial to a state still in severe to exceptional drought. The U.S. Drought Monitor indicated that 81 percent of the state is still in a severe drought or worse, including all of central Indiana.
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