Flood Warnings Extended Again For Local Rivers

The flood warning for the Tippecanoe River near Ora is in effect until further notice. Last night at 10 the river was holding steady at 12.1 feet, according to the National Weather Service. Flood stage is 12 feet. Minor flooding is occurring, and moderate flooding is forecast. Continue reading

National Weather Service Issues Flood Watch

A flood watch is in effect for the WKVI listening area from this evening through tomorrow morning. According to the National Weather Service, widespread rainfall of 1 to 2 inches is possible tonight into tomorrow. The rainfall onto already wet ground will likely create sufficient runoff for flooding of roadways, small streams and creeks, basements and other low-lying areas. Continue reading

Flash Flood Watch in Effect Through Monday Night

 

A flash flood watch is in effect for northern Indiana through late tonight. The National Weather Service warns thunderstorms with heavy rainfall are expected to become widespread across the area this afternoon and tonight as a slow moving cold front comes into the area. That, combined with recent heavy rains and high river and stream levels could result in flash flooding. Continue reading

Tornado Confirmed in Weekend Storms

A tornado has been confirmed to have appeared in Starke County during weekend storms.

Officials from the National Weather service traveled to Starke County Monday afternoon to survey the damage. According to Starke County Emergency Management Agency Director Ted Bombagetti, the category of the tornado has not yet been determined.
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National Weather Service Officials to Survey Starke County Storm Damage

Officials from the National Weather Service are due in Starke County this afternoon to survey damage from yesterday’s storms. Emergency Management Agency Director Ted Bombagetti says the most significant damage occurred on 400 South between 600 and 700 West. Continue reading

More Storms Possible Today Across the Kankakee Valley

More thunderstorms are possible across the Kankakee Valley today. That’s according to the WKVI AccuWeather.com forecast. Strong storms packing wind gusts of up to 80 miles per hour tore through the listening area early last evening. The National Weather Service has yet to confirm whether they were actually tornadoes. Continue reading

National Weather Service Cautions Against Burning

Northern Indiana is under a Red Flag Warning until 8 p.m. EDT/7 p.m. CDT this evening. That means critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now or will develop shortly. In this case a combination of gusty wind and low relative humidity will cause any fires that develop to spread rapidly. Outdoor burning is not recommended. Be careful when discarding cigarettes and cooking on grills as well.

Watch for Rising Water Levels

Rapid melting of snow could lead to minor flooding issues as temperatures warm up this week.

Snow melt and frozen ground will prevent the water from being absorbed. The National Weather Service says this combination will result in flooding of low lying areas, ponding on roads, and a rise in water levels in ditches, creeks and retention ponds.

Weather officials believe that river flooding will not be a concern at this time.

Marshall County EMA Director Clyde Avery said that no flood watches or warnings have been issued. He does encourage those who live in flood-prone areas to take precautions to prevent flooding. Never allow children to play near flooded areas. Do not drive around barricades that are blocking roads that are flooded. Road beds may be washed out by flood waters.

 

Wind Chill Advisory Takes Effect This Afternoon

A wind chill advisory will take effect this afternoon and remain in place through midday tomorrow. Dangerous wind chill values between 10 and 25 below zero are expected late this afternoon through tomorrow morning. Prolonged exposure to extreme cold can lead to hypothermia and frostbite in 30 minutes or less. If you have to be outside, wear a hat and gloves and protect exposed skin.

Winter Weather Advisory Issued for Kankakee Valley

A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for the Kanakee Valley during the overnight hours. It takes effect at 11 p.m. EST/10 p.m. CST and continues through tomorrow evening. Snow and blowing snow are possible, with totals of 3 to 7 inches expected across the advisory area. The system is lake effect, so forecasters stress it’s hard to predict where it will hit. Continue reading