Storms packing heavy rains, high winds lash northwestern Indiana, Michiana


By: Jon Zimney

CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — Storms packing heavy rains and strong winds have lashed northwestern Indiana.

The National Weather Service said the storms that rolled into the region Sunday afternoon, June 7, were capable of producing wind gusts up to 70 mph, heavy rain and localized flash flooding.

The weather service issued a tornado warning for parts of Porter and Jasper counties after a funnel cloud was spotted aloft in the area. It said up to 4 inches of water was flowing across low-lying roads in Lake County after more than 2 inches of rain had fallen, including 1¼ inches during a 45-minute period.

The weather service issued a severe thunderstorm warnings for Kosciusko, Marshall and Starke County after winds were measured topping 70 miles per hour.

The weather service issued a flash flood warning for central and southern Lake County including for the communities of Merrillville, Crown Point, Hobart and Lowell.


Original story posted at 8:45 a.m. on Sunday, June 7:

( The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center expects the risk of severe weather on Sunday, June 7, to extend from the Great Lakes to the Central and Southern Plains.

The area of greatest concern is in Indiana and Illinois. In this area, large hail and damaging winds are the primary threats.

There is a low potential for a few isolated tornadoes.

The area of the greatest severe potential is across southern lower Michigan and northern Indiana.

Thunderstorms will become likely by mid-afternoon across southwest Michigan into northwest Indiana. The storms will move southeast into northwest Ohio to east central Indiana by this evening.

In addition to the threat of severe weather, locally heavy rainfall is also possible with a heightened risk of localized flooding tonight.

Monday through Saturday there is a chance of thunderstorms Monday afternoon, especially along and southeast of the route 24 corridor.

There is also a chance of thunderstorms Thursday into Saturday.

For severe weather text alerts direct to your cellphone, text NEWS to 45364. Tune in News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel on Sunday for additional coverage of severe weather that may impact the area.