(BEDFORD) – Severe weather is expected throughout central Indiana Thursday.
The National Weather Service issued a tornado watch for several central Indiana counties including Lawrence County until 5 p.m.
A wind advisory is in effect for our viewing area until 11 p.m.
A Flood Warning continues for the East Fork White River at Seymour until Monday afternoon.
At 9:45 a.m. today the flood stage was 8.5 feet. Flood stage is 12.0 feet. Minor flooding is forecast.
Forecast – Rise above flood stage by Friday afternoon and continue to rise to near 14.3 feet by Saturday afternoon. It will fall below flood stage by late Sunday night.
At 14.0 feet, pasture lands, agricultural lands, and several county and state roads begin to flood. High water isolates a few river cabins.
Weather officials will have to closely watch the thunderstorm activity because the storms today could turn strong and potentially severe. The primary threat is going to be damaging straight-line winds. However, isolated tornadoes, heavy rain, and hail are all possible.
Power was knocked out in Bedford this morning.
Bedford Street Department places four-way stop signs at 16th and M streets.
The second and more potent line of thunderstorms will move into central Indiana after 11 a.m. The storms will track east over the state through the afternoon and will move out of the area after 6 p.m.
Stay weather aware today, and tuned to 1340 WBIW especially during the drive home from work for weather updates.
Strong winds associated with the strengthening storm system are possible with the potential for 60 mph wind gusts. As a result, the National Weather Service issued a Wind Advisory from 11 a.m. through 11 p.m. today.
Highs today will rise into the upper 60s and lower 70s. A strong cold front will track over the state this evening and temperatures will quickly fall behind the boundary. Temperatures will sink into the 30s by Friday afternoon with a chance for a light wintry mix.
The weather heading into the weekend is looking much quieter and cooler. Highs will rise into the lower to mid-40s Saturday and Sunday.