I have to admit I do have some goosebumps as Ike's center is moving over us. Ike once had an eye of 60 miles in diameter which is incredibly huge. Now instead of blue skies and calm conditions we will just see a brief break in our moderate to heavy rain before we get another batch of heavy rain. On the northwestern edge of Ike's old eye rain rates have now gone up over 2.5 inches per hour in Remington. Wind gusts have 30 mph or less so far for our viewing area but once Ike passes to our north and east by 2:30 p.m. look for some big wind gusts of 40 to 50 mph. The heaviest rain will be moving out of Lafayette by 3 p.m. and our eastern and northern counties by 4 to 4:30 p.m.We have already had wind gusts of 53 mph as close to home as Mattoon in Illinois on the backside of Ike. This will be moving into the area after 2:15 p.m.
Ike Tidbit: Galveston had wind gusts go from 102 mph to near 0 mph in a matter of seconds once the eye of Ike passed over them. The eye took about 90 minutes to move over the entire island since Ike was such a massive storm. They were then hit with more gusts of near 90 mph as the backside of Ike's eye wall passed over. Luckily, Indiana is about 1,000 miles from the Gulf of Mexico and has been torn apart by the frictional effects of land and the storm losing its heat source which was the Gulf of Mexico. The eye will be much kinder to us but I am worried about flooding in Benton, Newton, Jasper, and White Counties. Do not cross waters covering roadways. The main threats will continue to be flooding and gusty winds with a few tree limbs and small trees going down in the saturated soil developing around the area.