Northern Indiana on fringes of severe weather outbreak

Northern Indiana is expected to get severe thunderstorms Wednesday, June 4.

Posted on June 3, 2014 at 9:42 p.m.

Hoosiers may want to trade their umbrellas for cover as much of the state may be at risk of strong to severe thunderstorms Wednesday, June 4.

The storms may include “damaging winds, large hail, heavy rain, flooding, lightning and even tornadoes,” according to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.

The risk of severe weather will be at its highest on late Wednesday morning through afternoon for northern and central Indiana. The threat may continue through the evening for southern Indiana.

Many Hoosiers will be at work, and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security advises people to find out where to take shelter at their workplace. They suggest taking shelter in an interior area away from windows. Hoosiers should also inquire about whether their workplace has a severe weather plan.

Families should also discuss how to get in touch with one another when severe weather strikes. The Indiana Department of Homeland Security suggests posting to social media or designating an out-of-town contact.

All electronic devices should be charged before going to bed Tuesday night. Outdoor furniture and items should also be brought indoors.

Wednesday’s weather is on the fringe of a major weather outbreak across the central plains that began Tuesday afternoon, June 3. AccuWeather reported that violent thunderstorms could stretch from Nebraska to Iowa to northern Missouri, northwestern Kansas and western Illinois. The weather is expected to last through to Wednesday morning.

Several reporters in the area tweeted photographs of baseball-sized hail.

Vine user OPD Helicopter shared this video of weather conditions in Omaha, Nebraska.

These thunderstorms could bring the threat of floods and strong winds to Chicago early Wednesday morning. Detroit is also expected to receive rain and thunderstorms. Accuweather suggests that residents of Indianapolis prepare for powerful thunderstorms that may produce damaging winds, floods, hail and a few tornadoes.

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