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April 10, 2013

Hail, storms hit Madison County

ANDERSON, Ind. — Motorists typically need to worry about what’s in front of and beneath them. They were also forced to watch what might be falling on their vehicles Wednesday night.

Pea-sized hail fell in Anderson, Pendleton and other parts of Madison County as part of the first large thunderstorm system of spring. Rain started falling early afternoon, and the storm system producing lightning, hail and winds of up to 20 mph hit the area at about 8:30 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

A severe thunderstorm watch was issued from 7 p.m. Wednesday into early morning hours on Thursday. According to the hazardous weather outlook, the thunderstorms may continue to impact the region through the rest of the week with a strong cold front and low pressure system moving through central Indiana. One to 2 inches of rain were predicted by this afternoon, which could cause significant rises on creeks and streams.

Luckily, significant flooding doesn’t seem to be much of a problem yet, said Madison County Emergency Management Agency public information officer Todd Harmeson. He said that can often be a problem this time of year with heavy rains and thunderstorms, but there hasn’t been a high volume of rain yet in 2013.

“I’d tell motorists to allow for extra stopping distance between vehicles and not to drive through standing water,” Harmeson said. “One problem can be ponds and hydroplaning.”

Late Wednesday, Harmeson said EMA hadn’t been called out for any significant wrecks or accidents, and that the roads were pretty clear.

According to NWS, the storm system is expected to clear the area by this afternoon and temperatures are predicted to drop. The predicted highs are only 47 degrees for Friday and Saturday. Another system will bring a chance of storms and rain on Monday and Tuesday.

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