Severe thunderstorm watch in effect through afternoon

A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect in our area until 6 p.m. this evening. The National Weather Service in Indianapolis says that severe thunderstorms will be developing this afternoon with strong wind gusts as high as 40 to 45 mph through the early evening. Damaging winds are possible, with tornadoes, torrential downpours and lightning.

The agency says a strong upper level wave with an associated surface low and cold front is moving through central Indiana, triggering the showers and thunderstorms.