The 1 p.m. conference call with the National Weather Service and statewide emergency managers has been completed. Here are the main points: Our tornado threat in the Lafayette viewing area should remain on the low side. This could change if we get any sunshine at all this afternoon, but right now it looks like the clouds and rain will win out keeping our atmosphere more stable.
We are still watching a line of thunderstorms in Illinois that could graze our area this afternoon with some isolated wind gusts near 60 mph. The highest risk of those high wind gusts will remain south of Lafayette. So as of 1 p.m. and remember things can always change here in Indiana, our main threat will be heavy rain which could cause flash flooding. Many areas have already seen a months worth of rainfall since Friday and we could easily see 1 to 3 inches of rain this afternoon and evening. Remember most people die in Indiana not from tornadoes, but flooding. It only takes about 10 inches of water to sweep your automobile away.
Al Shipe, the State Hydrologist is not anticipating any major flooding on the Wabash River, but some more minor flooding is likely by later in the week and with more unsettled weather in the 7 day forecast we will have to continue to monitor the Wabash and our other tributaries very closely. See you soon and if we do have any severe weather Kelly and I will cut into programming with the very latest.