(LAWRENCE CO.) – The National Weather Service has placed most of central Indiana, including Lawrence County, in an Enhanced Risk for severe weather Tuesday.
Hot and humid conditions will develop ahead of the storms, with areas along and southeast of I-70 potentially seeing heat index readings exceeding 100 degrees before the storms arrive by early afternoon.
The National Weather Service says that atmospheric conditions will be primed for severe weather earlier in the day than usual, with dew points reaching the lower to middle 70s by lunchtime, high instability, and a strong low-level jet present.
Forecasters say a strong-to-severe line of thunderstorms will push east-southeastward into Indiana during the afternoon hours.
Based on the latest model guidance, it appears the greatest risks from the storms will be damaging wind gusts in excess of 60 miles per hour and hail larger than quarters.
Additionally, downbursts (sudden, strong collapses of air), will be possible and pose the threat for substantial straight-line wind damage at the surface.
While the threat is low, an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out
Officials believe the storms will hit our area between 2 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tuesday.