Beach Hazards Statement Issued for LaPorte County

  
 

High wave action and dangerous swimming conditions are likely at beaches in LaPorte County through early tomorrow morning, according to the National Weather Service. Strong rip and structural currents are expected due to north winds of between 15 and 20 miles per hour with occasional gusts topping 25 MPH. Waves are expected to build to between 4 and 7 feet this afternoon and continue through tonight.

 

Beach Hazards Statement Issued for Lake Michigan

  
 

If you’re heading to Lake Michigan in the next few days, stay out of the water. That’s the advice of the National Weather Service. Waves of up to 9 feet and strong rip currents are possible today and tomorrow, both of which make swimming extremely dangerous. Strong winds will cause wave heights to build up to 10 feet tonight.  Dangerous conditions aren’t expected to subside until Wednesday evening.

 

 

Heat Advisory Issued Until Friday Night

  
 

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the WKVI listening area until Friday evening. It officially takes effect today at noon ET and continues until 8 tomorrow night, as temperatures climb into the low 90s and heat indexes hit the triple digit mark. Overnight lows will only drop into the low 70s tonight. A heat advisory means a combination of high temperatures and high humidity significantly increase the likelihood of heat related illness. If you have to be outside, drink plenty of water and take frequent breaks. Children and the elderly are especially susceptible to heatstroke and other conditions, so be sure to check on them and make sure they are well hydrated. Likewise, see that outdoor pets have ample water and shade. If possible, stay inside in the air conditioning until this weather breaks.

No Major Storm Damage Reported…Yet

Cassie Hurlburt found this hail in her yard in Winamac.
Cassie Hurlburt found this hail in her yard in Winamac.

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. Continue reading

Significant Flooding, Severe Weather Possible

 
 

Significant flash and river flooding are possible through the end of the week, according to the National Weather Service. Rainfall totals of between 1 and 3 inches are expected over the next 24 hours, with locally higher amounts possible. Soils are already saturated from recent rains, making low-lying areas much more flood prone.

Severe thunderstorms accompanied by strong winds and damaging hail are also possible into the overnight hours. The National Weather Service is tracking an intense thunderstorm complex, known as a derecho, which could span a 1,000 mile swath across the Plains and Midwestern states. As always, we will bring you the very latest on the air and online at WKVI.com as well as on Facebook and Twitter.

Tippecanoe River Flood Warning Remains In Effect

 
 

Major flooding is expected for the Tippecanoe River near Ora as a result of recent heavy rainfall. The National Weather Service has placed Starke, Pulaski and Marshall Counties under a flood warning until further notice. Moderate flooding is already occurring, and major flooding is forecast. The flood stage for the Tippecanoe River at Ora is 12 feet. As of 7 p.m. Sunday it was at 13.9 feet and rising. At 15 feet, near-record flooding is in progress.

 

Flooding Forces Fair Breakfast Cancellation

 
 

Flooding in the Winamac Town Park has forced the cancellation of Saturday’s Pulaski County Fair Association breakfast. A new date has not been set. The river is expected to remain above the 10 foot flood stage in Winamac until at least this afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. Additional rain is possible later this week. The river is also out of its banks near Ora, where flooding is affecting nearby homes. It’s not expected to crest until early tomorrow morning.

 

 

 

 

Flood Warning Issued For Tippecanoe and Yellow Rivers

Flood warningFlooding is likely in the WKVI listening area due to the recent heavy rainfall. The National Weather Services has issued a flood warning for the Tippecanoe River in Ora and above Winamac and for the Yellow River at Knox and Plymouth. The most immediate concern is the Tippy in the Monterey area, which is approaching the flood stage of 12 feet. It’s expected to rise above that stage tonight and crest at 13 feet around 8 a.m. EDT Sunday. At 13 feet the river begins to affect streets and homes in downtown Monterey. This crest compares to the May 18, 2009 flood when the Tippecanoe crested at 13.3 feet. Continue reading

Marshall County Officials Prepare for Potential Flooding

Watch for signs like these in the area in the next few days
Watch for signs like these in the area in the next few days

Marshall County Emergency Management Agency Director Clyde Avery and Plymouth Mayor Mark Senter are preparing for potential flooding issues in Marshall County and in Plymouth.

Avery told WKVI that they are preparing to monitor several areas for flooding in low-lying areas, agriculture areas and in residential areas. Avery encourages you to take all precautions necessary for potential flooding, whether that be moving to higher ground or sandbagging. Sand and sand bags are available at the old EMA office north of the highway department.

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Several Weather Advisories in Effect for Kankakee Valley

 

 
 

Batten down the hatches, the Kankakee Valley is in for a wild ride courtesy of Mother Nature. A wind advisory and a flood watch are both in effect for the entire WKVI listening area, and the National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the Kankakee River at Davis-Route 30, which will affect Starke, LaPorte and St. Joseph Counties. Flood stage for the river in that area was 9.4 feet and steady late last night. Flood stage is 10 feet. The river is expected to rise above flood stage this morning and crest near 12.7 feet early Saturday morning. That’s still considered moderate, as extensive agricultural flooding doesn’t officially occur until the river hits 13 feet in that area. Continue reading

Hoosiers Encouraged to Get Ready for Spring Floods

 
 
April showers bring May flowers, and those showers can also bring something less lovely: floods. The longer days and warmer weather of spring come at a price, as volatile weather can increase the risk of flooding.

The National Weather Service, Indiana State Police, Indiana Department of Transportation, and Indiana Department of Homeland Security are encouraging Hoosiers to get ready for potential flooding during Flood Safety Awareness Week, March 18-22.

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Freezing Rain Advisory In Effect Through Mid-Morning

A Freezing Rain Advisory is in effect through mid-morning for parts of the WKVI listening area. The National Weather Service warns that an area of freezing rain will move slowly northeast across northern Indiana and northeast Ohio this morning. The advisory remains in effect until 11 a.m. Eastern/10 a.m. Central for Starke, Marshall and Pulaski Counties as well as areas to the south and east. Temperatures are expected to rise above freezing by late morning and allow ice to melt. Light ice accumulations of less than a tenth of an inch are expected before the temperatures rise. This will be enough to make roads and sidewalks slick and potentially hazardous, so leave yourself some extra travel time and be extra careful on bridges and overpasses. They will be the first pavement surfaces to freeze.

Winter storm watch issued for WKVI listening area

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for the WKVI listening area from Tuesday morning through Tuesday night. Forecasters say light snow will develop early tomorrow with minimal accumulations through sunrise. The snow will increase in coverage and intensity through the day tomorrow, with the heaviest snow expected tomorrow afternoon through tomorrow evening. Accumulations of between 4 and 8 inches are possible by late Tuesday night, and some sleet may also mix in with the snow tomorrow morning, especially south of U.S. 30. As always, we’ll bring you the very latest on the weather and any school or business closings, delays or early dismissals on the air and online at www.wkvi.com as well as on our Facebook page.

Red Flag Warning Issued By National Weather Service

Knox-Center Township Fire Chief Ken Pfost

The National Weather Service has placed us under an excessive heat warning and a red flag warning until 7:00 p.m. CT tonight. A red flag warning means that today’s combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and the heat will create explosive fire growth potential.

With that, Knox-Center Township Fire Chief, Kenny Pfost, reminds you that proper disposal of cigarettes and safe handling of fireworks is critical to avoid accidentally starting a fire.

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Starke County Under Travel Advisory

With today’s large amount of snowfall, Starke County has been placed under a travel advisory status of “Advisory.” A travel advisory status of “Advisory” means that routine travel or activity may be restricted in areas because of a hazardous situation. Citizens should use caution or avoid these areas.

Commissioner Dan Bridegroom says the plow trucks have been pulled off the streets for the day, but will resume clearing the roads at 5 a.m. Sunday morning.

The National Weather Service has issued the following alert for Marshall and St. Joseph counties.

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