GREATER LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - After swirling clouds were spotted in multiple counties, Wednesday night's major storm activity moved east and away. It left storm remnants and flooding behind.
Weather Team 18 Meteorologist Cameron Hopman says while the brunt of severe weather is behind us, Thursday morning will still bring rain, high wind gusts and possible hail in parts of the viewing area.
Another major concern, Hopman says, is flooding. Waters are rising particularly quickly in northern viewing-area counties such as Jasper, Fulton, Newton and Pulaski.
If you encounter a washed-out or flooded road, do not attempt to cross it in your car; turn around and find an alternate route. Emergency management experts say just a couple of inches of water can carry a car away, creating a dangerous situation.
As of 12:45 a.m. Wednesday, several area counties were still under severe thunderstorm watches and warnings. Some were put on tornado watches and warnings. You can see the list of local weather alerts here.
Hopman says a lot of activity is occurring in northeast Illinois, which is where this last line of storms originated. There's a possibility we could see another round of storms before the morning.
At 10:11 p.m. we received word from a spotter in Wolcott, Ind., that there were some medium-sized tree limbs down in the area, with frequent lightning and a dust cloud.
Around 10:30 p.m. a funnel cloud was reported just west of Monticello, in a cell that moved southeast toward Logansport.
Hopman says heat during the day along with humidity are two ingredients that can generate this kind of storm development.
Chief Meteorologist Chad Evans, via Chad's Blog, said since the main line evolved from super cells/multi-cells to a line as it moved in, some storms produced hail and a lot of swirling cloud activity.
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