GREATER LAFAYETTE AREA, Ind. (WLFI) - Another round of thick, heavy storms is set to pass through the area. The well-organized "bow" of severe storms moving eastward could hit the Indiana state line as early as 7 or 8 p.m. Monday.
WLFI Chief Meteorologist Chad Evans says the bow of storms, which at 4 p.m. was just approaching the Mississippi River in northwestern Illinois, is moving east-southeast at 50 to 55 miles per hour.
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Evans said these storms will be much like the activity the area saw last Friday and Saturday.
"The air is so thick right now," Evans said. "That strong humidity combines to result in torrential downpours."
Evans said the potential exists for a severe thunderstorm watch to be issued for part of – if not all – of the viewing area Monday evening.
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High winds are blowing the storm system toward our region, and they will sustain to make quite windy conditions as the storm passes through.
Evans said the system is also loaded with lightning. He says you can tell this by taking a look at the image to the left; all those silver zig-zags you see are lightning strikes within the storm system moving our way.
Several homes in the Indianapolis area caught fire recently after being struck by lightning.
An expert our sister station WISH-TV spoke with says the best way to protect your family during a lightning-heavy storm is to have an escape plan and working smoke alarms on every floor of your home. He also said homeowners should invest in a lightning rod.
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Keep an eye on this storm system's outlook by tuning into WLFI. You can also find helpful resources for weather events on WLFI.com, such as our radar and detailed forecast.
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