UPDATE: The National Weather Service has declared a tornado watch for most of central Indiana including Madison County.
The watch, which means conditions are right for potential tornado activity, extends until 8 p.m.
That NWS offers this advice in the event of a tornado:
- Stay Weather-Ready: Continue to listen to local news or a NOAA Weather Radio to stay updated about tornado watches and warnings.
- At Your House: If you are in a tornado warning, go to your basement, safe room, or an interior room away from windows. Don't forget pets if time allows.
- At Your Workplace or School: Follow your tornado drill and proceed to your tornado shelter location quickly and calmly. Stay away from windows and do not go to large open rooms such as cafeterias, gymnasiums, or auditoriums.
- Outside: Seek shelter inside a sturdy building immediately if a tornado is approaching. Sheds and storage facilities are not safe.
- In a vehicle: Being in a vehicle during a tornado is not safe. The best course of action is to drive to the closest shelter. If you are unable to make it to a safe shelter, either get down in your car and cover your head, or abandon your car and seek shelter in a low lying area such as a ditch or ravine.
Anderson – Areas of southern Madison County are under a flood warning until 3:45 p.m. today as heavy rains assail central Indiana.
At 9:41 a.m., the National Weather Service in Indianapolis reported Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing heavy rain which will cause flooding. Between 1 and 1.5 inches of rain has already fallen with much more expected through the rest of the morning.
Anderson, Pendleton Lapel and Elwood are expected to see flooding through the early afternoon.
A Flood Warning means “that flooding is imminent or occurring; all interested parties should take necessary precautions immediately,” according to the NWS.
Todd Harmeson, Madison County EMA spokesman, said he’s only seeing flooding in ditches and through low-lying areas.
“It's the low-land flooding, we call it runoff flooding, that people need to watch out for today,” he said. “There's flooding everywhere. Every drainage ditch is at capacity right now.”
Crews with the Madison County Highway Department have deployed some high-water signs throughout the county, said foreman Aaron Hopkins, but so far they haven’t seen anything he’d categorize as severe.
“We’ve got some up, we haven’t seen anything that bad but it’s supposed to rain throughout the rest of the day,” Hopkins said.
Areas along Fall Creek and the White River are expected to flood as water flows into their channels.
Brian Burnett, Chief of Police in Alexandria, said he’s seen some flooding throughout the city, but it’s mostly contained to fields.
“There is a little water on the edges of the roadway … I am getting ready to look at some of the bridges but it doesn’t look like it’s over those yet, which is good,” he said. “So far the roads seem to be OK.”
Severe thunderstorms including damaging winds, hail, possible tornadoes and cloud-to-ground lightning are expected throughout the day. Storms are expected through this morning and again from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.