We’ll have to wait until the sun comes up to fully assess the damage caused by last night’s storms. The National Weather Service issued a number severe thunderstorm and tornado watches and warnings for the entire WKVI listening area as storms packing strong winds, heavy rains and hail moved through the region. Dispatchers in Starke County received reports of trees down on 1100 E., and storm spotters noted hail in Koontz Lake. Some trees were reported down in Pulaski County, and several listeners sent us photos of golf and tennis ball-sized hail. Spotters reported possible tornado sightings in Marshall County last night, but dispatchers there say no damage was reported.Now that the storms have passed, flooding is the biggest concern. A flood warning is in effect for Winamac until 11 a.m. Eastern. The ground was already saturated due to last week’s rains, which forced the Tippecanoe River from its banks in Ora and Winamac. The town park was closed over the weekend due to flooding over the road. Water had receded enough by Monday to open the front part of the park, but the Pulaski County Fairgrounds area on the back side was still closed to pedestrians. The fair is coming up the first week of July.
A few more showers are possible this morning, and rain and thunderstorms are in the forecast for the weekend as well.
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