This is a preliminary report:
The National Weather Service Survey team of Indianapolis confirmed a tornado that revealed EF1 damage with approximately 100 mph winds. It affected a residence south of Newcastle road, between County Road 775 East and County Road 900 East in southeast Tippecanoe county. Numerous trees west of the affected residence had tops sheared off or were downed completely. Also, a garage at the residence was destroyed. It occurred at 4:28pm on Friday, July 17th.
The National Weather Service of Indianapolis has confirmed a second tornado hit another portion of southeastern Tippecanoe county. It hit the Meadow Ridge subdivision, just south of US 52 and 900S. Meteorologist in Charge, Daniel McCarthy, determined that it was an EF1 tornado, packing in winds of 97 mph. It occurred around 4:38 pm yesterday afternoon. Observed damage included a collapsed garage, downed trees, and at least one home with vinyl siding removed.
From the National Weather Service in Indianapolis:
725 PM EDT SAT JUL 18 2015 ...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 07/17/2015 TIPPECANOE COUNTY TORNADOES... .OVERVIEW... A ROTATING THUNDERSTORM PRODUCED TWO TORNADOES ACROSS TIPPECANOE COUNTY DURING THE LATE AFTERNOON OF JULY 17. BOTH TORNADOES OCCURRED SOUTHEAST OF THE LAFAYETTE AREA AND WERE RATED EF-1. TREES WERE DOWNED AND A COUPLE OF GARAGES WERE DESTROYED. .TORNADO 1... RATING: EF-1 ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 100 MPH PATH LENGTH: 0.21 MILES PATH WIDTH: 75 YARDS FATALITIES: 0 INJURIES: 0 START DATE: JUL 17 2015 START TIME: 4:33 PM EDT START LOCATION: 10 MILES SOUTHEAST OF LAFAYETTE END DATE: JUL 17 2015 END TIME: 4:33 PM EDT END LOCATION: 10 MILES SOUTHEAST OF LAFAYETTE SURVEY SUMMARY: NWS SURVEY REVEALED EF1 DAMAGE WITH APPROXIMATELY 100 MPH WINDS AFFECTING A RESIDENCE SOUTH OF NEWCASTLE ROAD...BETWEEN COUNTY ROAD 775 EAST AND COUNTY ROAD 900 EAST IN SOUTHEAST TIPPECANOE COUNTY. NUMEROUS TREES WEST OF THE AFFECTED RESIDENCE HAD TOPS SHEARED OFF OR WERE DOWNED COMPLETELY AND A GARAGE AT THE RESIDENCE WAS DESTROYED. .TORNADO 2... RATING: EF-1 ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 97 MPH PATH LENGTH: 0.28 MILES PATH WIDTH: 100 YARDS FATALITIES: 0 INJURIES: 0 START DATE: JUL 17 2015 START TIME: 4:38 PM EDT START LOCATION: 12 MILES SOUTHEAST OF LAFAYETTE END DATE: JUL 17 2015 END TIME: 4:39 PM EDT END LOCATION: 12 MILES SOUTHEAST OF LAFAYETTE SURVEY SUMMARY: NWS SURVEY REVEALED EF1 DAMAGE WITH APPROXIMATELY 97 MPH WINDS IN THE SOUTHEAST PORTION OF TIPPECANOE COUNTY...SOUTH OF THE INTERSECTION OF HIGHWAY 52 AND COUNTY ROAD 900 SOUTH. OBSERVED DAMAGE INCLUDED A COLLAPSED GARAGE...DOWNED TREES...AND AT LEAST ONE HOME WITH VINYL SIDING REMOVED. EF SCALE: THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE CLASSIFIES TORNADOES INTO THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES: EF0...WEAK......65 TO 85 MPH EF1...WEAK......86 TO 110 MPH EF2...STRONG....111 TO 135 MPH EF3...STRONG....136 TO 165 MPH EF4...VIOLENT...166 TO 200 MPH EF5...VIOLENT...>200 MPH NOTE: THE INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE PENDING FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENT AND PUBLICATION IN NWS STORM DATA.
The heat is on across central Indiana today. It will likely be the hottest day of the year with a hot and humid air mass in place. Temperatures will soar into the low 90s and with dewpoints in the 70s, it will feel like it’s in the triple digits.
A Heat Advisory is in effect from noon to 8pm today for all of central Indiana.
After the 3” to 5” of rain that fell yesterday, there are still Flood Warnings in effect and a Flash Flood Warning in effect for Parke county until 8:45am today.
Indianapolis received 3.43” of rain yesterday and that puts Indy in the 3rd wettest July on record with 11.61”. The wettest July goes back to 1875 with 13.12” of rain.
The storms yesterday not only brought heavy rain but there were a few funnel clouds reported in Tippecanoe and Shelby counties.
A few isolated thunderstorms will be possible this afternoon into the evening. A few heavy downpours will be possible.
It will be cloudy, muggy, and warm overnight with lows in the mid 70s.
There is a low risk of severe thunderstorms on Sunday. The main threats will be damaging winds and heavy rain.
It will be a hot and sticky day with highs in the low 90s.
Thunderstorms will be likely Sunday evening into early Monday morning.
Temperatures will be more seasonal during the work week with more heat returning next weekend.
Strong to severe thunderstorms continue to develop this morning, packing in heavy rain, lightning and gusty winds. Damaging winds will still be a threat through the overnight hours. The cluster of thunderstorms will continue through dawn.
It has been an incredibly active weather day with heavy rain, gusty winds and even reports of a tornado in Benton county.
Here are radar estimates from the past 24 hours. Boone, Morgan, Brown, and Bartholomew counties received the most rain today.
Due to the heavy rain and saturated grounds, Flash Flood Warnings have been issued. Here are the current warnings.
Another round of scattered thunderstorms will develop early this afternoon, along a cold front. There is a threat of strong to severe thunderstorms on Tuesday, although the threat is not as significant as Monday.
A secondary cold front will arrive on Wednesday morning. This will help usher in cooler, drier air for a couple of days before a chance of rain returns Friday.
A few thunderstorms will be possible this afternoon through the evening with heavy rain and gusty winds possible.
The clouds will clear out some for daytime heating and dewpoints will climb into the low 70s. It will be a warm and sticky day with highs in the mid 80s. It will feel like it’s in the upper 80s.
A few strong to severe storms will be possible this evening with heavy rain the main threat. Temperatures will only fall into the low 70s Monday morning.
Monday will be an unsettled day with strong to severe storms possible. The Storm Prediction Center has most of central Indiana in a moderate risk of severe thunderstorms. Prime atmospheric ingredients look available for strong storm development.
There looks like there will be two rounds of thunderstorms, one during the morning and then another round late afternoon into the evening. Damaging winds, large hail, and isolated tornadoes will be possible with these storms. Keep checking back with your Skytrak13 Weather Team for the latest details and updates on the storm tracks.
A cold front will arrive on Tuesday, bringing another round of thunderstorms.
It will be cooler mid week but near seasonal temperatures return by Friday with daily storm chances through the work week.
Heavy rain with lots of lightning and thunder continue to march southeast early this morning. Due to the heavy rain, Flash Flood Warnings have been issued, including Indianapolis.
Do not attempt to drive through flooded roads.
Here are some rain totals from our WeatherBug network.
Here is the time of arrival for heavy rain.
The cluster of storms will continue to slide southeast this morning.
Scattered thunderstorms will be possible again this afternoon, although there will be many dry hours.
A few showers with some isolated thunderstorms are moving over west central Indiana now. If it holds together, Indianapolis will receive rain after 8pm. Some heavy downpours and lightning are possible. Another round of showers and storms are likely overnight. A few strong storms are possible with pockets of heavy rain.
Temperatures will fall into the upper 60s.
There will be several dry hours on Sunday with more scattered showers developing Sunday afternoon.
Depending on cloud coverage, temperatures should climb into the low to mid 80s.
Heat indices will make it feel like it’s in the upper 80s.
A few strong to severe thunderstorms are possible Sunday night into Monday morning. There is a low risk of severe thunderstorms, with damaging winds the main threat.
A more concerning weather threat arrives on Monday. Strong to severe thunderstorms are possible Monday late morning through the afternoon.
There is the potential for damaging winds, large hail and isolated tornadoes.
Keep checking back with your Skytrak13 Weather Team for the latest updates.
The unsettled pattern continues through the work week with daily chances of rain, but we are not expecting washouts.
Today will be the drier day of the weekend with partly sunny skies and highs in the low 80s.
Clouds will increase this evening with a chance of evening showers and thunderstorms as a warm front pushes into central Indiana. Showers and a few thunderstorms will be likely during the overnight hours with temperatures falling into the upper 60s.
More scattered showers and thunderstorms will be likely on Sunday, especially during the afternoon through the evening.
Some storms could be strong to severe with the main threats being damaging winds. Some heavy downpours will be possible too.
It will be a warm and muggy day with highs in the mid 80s.
More showers and thunderstorms will be likely on Monday, again with the potential of being strong to severe. Afternoon highs will climb into the mid 80s.
The unsettled weather will continue through the work week with temperatures near normal for this time of year. It will definitely feel more like July!
The beautiful holiday weekend continues today. Patchy fog is likely this morning with mostly sunny skies later. Afternoon highs will climb into the low to mid 80s.
More heat and more humidity arrive on Monday with temperatures climbing into the mid to upper 80s.
A cold front will push into central Indiana early Tuesday morning. Showers and a few thunderstorms are likely by mid morning Tuesday through the evening. Right now, no severe weather is expected.
The unsettled pattern continues through most of the work week.