By Jack Molitor
The Herald Bulletin
ANDERSON, Ind. —
April showers were expected to saturate the grounds by today, and spot flooding was possible heading into this morning.
The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch at about 3 p.m. Thursday and light showers doused Madison County in the afternoon. Heavier showers were expected overnight with more than 2 inches of rain possible. The NWS warns that flash flooding can be a very dangerous situation.
Heavy rain and gusty winds brought a tree onto a vehicle and knocked out power to nearly 75 homes Thursday afternoon, according to the Anderson Municipal Light and Power outage viewer website. According to witnesses, at about 1 p.m. in the 4100 block of West 25th Street, a limb from a 40-foot tree fell onto power lines and into the windshield of a sport utility vehicle. The homes had power restored after about 90 minutes.
Anderson Police Department spokesman Joel Sandefur said there were minor property damage accidents throughout Thursday, but nothing major and nothing that seemed to be weather-related. But he cautioned drivers to be careful.
With heavy rains and large puddles on roads, safety agencies might station protective cones or barricades to keep drivers away. Sandefur said the blocks are there for a reason, and you shouldn’t try to drive around them.
“Don’t drive into standing water. Turn around if you need to,” Sandefur said.
On Thursday night, Madison County Emergency Management Agency spokesman Todd Harmeson said the roads were in good shape and he wasn’t expecting flooding until this morning. He said weather spotters were on watch and 20 to 40 EMA workers were on stand-by in case severe weather turned roads dangerous.
“I’d tell everyone to be careful, but it looks like a lot of the bad stuff is going to miss us,” Harmeson said.
Late Thursday night, Madison County Sheriff Ron Richardson said there were no reports of high water or road closings in the county, but there was a lot of water on the roads. He asked motorists to be careful and watch their speeds to reduce the risk of hydroplaning.
The overnight storm system will bring with it a frigid cold front expected to bring high winds and temperatures as low as 34 degrees on Friday, according to NWS. Gusts are expected to reach as high as 29 mph. Warmer weather in the 50s is expected for Saturday and Sunday.
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