Meteorologists monitoring the potential for severe thunderstorms

INDIANA – Meteorologists are monitoring the potential for strong to severe thunderstorms Wednesday evening.

Scattered showers and thunderstorms will be possible this afternoon, but the greatest risk of severe weather looks to hold off until this evening.

There is still some uncertainty as to how widespread and impactful the evening storms will be.

Indianapolis has an enhanced risk, a level 3 out of 5. The southwest corner of Indiana is at moderate risk, a level 4 out of 5. Southern parts of the area are at moderate risk, level 4 of 5. That is the area with the greatest potential to see strong to severe thunderstorms.

These storms will quickly move to the east.

Futurecast then shows the strongest line of thunderstorms sweeping through southern regions later this evening, around 7 p.m. Eastern time.

Meteorologists said there are also inconsistencies in the timing of the mainline of storms, so expect some changes over the next few hours.

Damaging wind gusts will be the main concern with thunderstorms that develop later today. Other storm hazards are more conditional, depending on the early afternoon clouds and rain.

  • Damaging winds up to 70mph
  • Large hail up to the size of golf balls
  • Heavy rain and flash flooding
  • Tornadoes

Watch VS Warning

Know the difference between a watch and a warning.

  • A WATCH means conditions are favorable for strong to severe storms.
  • A WARNING means you need to take action and get to your safe place.

Have a safety kit in your safe place that includes essential documents, batteries, and non-perishable food.

What should you do after the storm passes?

  • Stay home or in your safe place if you can
  • If your home is not damaged, stay inside
  • Avoid possible hazards such as downed power lines or downed trees
  • Check on your family and friends over the phone
  • Check-in through all modes of contact
  • Allow for crews to clean up and restore lost power