August 18 Storm Updates

Storms moving through southern areas.

Posted: Aug 18, 2019 5:36 PM
Updated: Aug 18, 2019 7:53 PM

7:50 p.m.

Storms do not have to be severe to be dangerous!  Lightning blew this 4-foot hole in a home in Lafayette!  Pic from Kaleb Payne.

This occurred just with some rain & thunder & lightning & no intense downpour or storm.

7:30 p.m.

Numerous trees & powerlines are reported down between Newtown, Mellot & Hillsboro with winds estimated at 70-80 mph from storms that passed.

Many trees are reportedly on houses.

Lots of limbs, trees & powerlines reported down around Waynetown, as well.

I see two large power outages in a zone in those areas.

E40 mph gust in Crawfordsville reported.

7 p.m.

Trees & powerlines reported down at Hillsboro in Fountain County.

Seeing power outages in a broad swath from Wingate & Waynetown back to Cates, north to Veedersburg right now from likely wind damage. 

Not so many in Montgomery, just northwest of Cherry Grove in the northeastern part of the county.

Gusts east & southeast of New Market have only been 28-32 mph, so not all of the wind energy is making it to the ground, but I would bet that there is wind damage from some +60 mph gusts in Montgomery County, just haven't received the reports yet.  Radar data strongly supported severe gusts into two cores within the bow & comma head over the county.

I have received no hail reports from Fountain County, but not multiple 60 mph gust reports from near Veedersburg.

Storm transitioned from HP supercells to bow with distinct comma head or Bookend vortex.  Went from large hail, wind & isolated tornado threat to bow of wind with brief, weak, rain-wrapped tornado threat as it moved eastward from Fountain to Montgomery counties.

6:30 p.m.

Storm reports so far:

+60 mph west of Veedersburg estimated

M61 mph Cates

M44 mph Waynetown

M44 mph 7 Miles West of Cherry Grove

M41 mph northwest of Crawfordsville

Small & medium limbs down & power out northern Vermillion County, Indiana.

6:19 p.m.

Bow of damaging wind from Mellot & New Richmond to Waveland & will affect all of Montgomery County.  Swaths of 60-80 mph winds embedded in overall +45 mph gusts. 

Isolated brief, rain-wrapped tornado possible in comma head of bow across northern Montgomery County.

This could extend into far southern Tippecanoe around Romney & Clark's Hill.

Lolli sent this from Fountain County:

6:10 p.m.

Shelf cloud with FFD (forward flank downdraft) of HP supercell & the greenish sky near Veedersburg from Tim Garbison:

6:03 p.m.

Gust of 61 mph reported from the Cates area in Fountain County, which is about 6 miles northwest of Kingman.  Small to medium limbs down & power reported out in northern Vermillion County, IN.

6 p.m.

Worst of storm will stay south of Greater Lafayette (though rain & thunder/lightning possible).  Biggest threat is central Fountain to Montgomery counties with gusts 60-80 mph possible & brief, sudden, rain-wrapped tornado.

Large hail risk seems to be decreasing after peaking at +1" diameter evidence on radar.

5:34 p.m.

Severe T'Storm Warning southern Warren, central & southern Fountain counties for +60 mph winds, 1-2" hail & brief weak, sudden short-lived tornado.

Macroburst showing on radar west of Perrysville, IN & south of Danville, IL with potential of 1-1.75" hail.  Weak low-level rotation southwest of Georgetown, IL.

Storm is HP supercell associated with MCV in eastern Illinois. 

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