Severe Thunderstorms Expected in Central Indiana, Severe Thunderstorm Watch in Effect

Staff report

Indianapolis, IN – July 1, 2023

The National Weather Service in Indianapolis has issued a hazardous weather outlook for central Indiana, warning residents of the potential for severe thunderstorms.

The outlook, released at 3:18 PM EDT on Saturday, July 1, 2023, cautions that another round of strong to severe storms is expected this evening, with the best chances for severe weather south of Indianapolis.

The primary threat associated with these storms will be damaging winds, with storm motion expected to be out of the west at around 30-40 mph. Localized flooding is also possible along the Lower Wabash River, which has already experienced multiple rounds of heavy rain. The hazardous weather outlook covers several counties in central Indiana, including Carroll, Warren, Tippecanoe, Clinton, Howard, Fountain, Montgomery, Boone, Tipton, Hamilton, Madison, Delaware, Randolph, Vermillion, Parke, Putnam, Hendricks, Marion, Hancock, Henry, Vigo, Clay, Owen, Morgan, Johnson, Shelby, Rush, Sullivan, Greene, Monroe, Brown, Bartholomew, Decatur, Knox, Daviess, Martin, Lawrence, Jackson, and Jennings.

Looking ahead, thunderstorms are expected to return on Sunday afternoon with the potential for damaging winds and large hail. Additional chances for more widespread storms are anticipated on Wednesday and Thursday.

The National Weather Service advises spotters to stay alert and notes that spotter activation may be needed later today into this evening.

In addition to the hazardous weather outlook, the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, has issued Severe Thunderstorm Watch 429, in effect until 11:00 PM EDT. The watch includes several counties in Indiana, such as Bartholomew, Boone, Brown, Clark, Clay, Crawford, Daviess, Decatur, Delaware, Dubois, Floyd, Greene, Hamilton, Hancock, Harrison, Hendricks, Henry, Jackson, Jefferson, Jennings, Johnson, Knox, Lawrence, Madison, Marion, Martin, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Orange, Owen, Parke, Perry, Putnam, Randolph, Rush, Scott, Shelby, Sullivan, Vermillion, Vigo, and Washington.

Residents in the affected areas are advised to stay informed about the weather conditions and take necessary precautions to ensure their safety. For more information, including weather updates and forecasts, hydrological data, and climate information, visit the National Weather Service website at

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