Severe weather expected Tuesday afternoon

The National Weather Service has placed most of central Indiana, including Bartholomew County, in an Enhanced Risk for severe weather on Tuesday, Aug. 20.

Forecasters say a strong-to-severe line of thunderstorms will push east-southeastward into Indiana during the afternoon hours, with the potential for damaging winds and very large hail. Additionally, downbursts (sudden, strong collapses of air), will be possible and pose the threat for substantial straight-line wind damage at the surface.

The National Weather Service says that atmospheric conditions will be primed for severe weather earlier in the day than usual, with dew points reaching the lower to middle 70s by lunchtime, high instability, and a strong low level jet present.

Officials believe the storms will hit our area between 2 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tuesday.