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STATEWIDE–High wind gusts, rain, and possible tornadoes are all severe weather threats to watch out for Thursday, says the National Weather Service.

“The best chances for severe thunderstorms will be mainly from 7 pm-midnight, especially south of I-70,” said Chad Swain, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Indianapolis. “The primary threats from these storms will be damaging winds, but we can’t rule out some tornadoes, especially in the far south (portions of the state).”

Swain said a few early rounds of rain will come into much of Indiana in the morning and afternoon prior to that 7 pm-midnight time frame.

Once storms move out, much of central Indiana will be dealing with strong wind gusts getting up to around 60 mph.

“The high wind watch has been upgraded to a high wind warning, which is for the Indianapolis area up towards Muncie. With high wind warnings, there could be some damage caused by these winds and we are expecting power outages,” said Swain. “Make sure you have all of your devices charged up all the way and make sure you also have ways to get warning information.”

The far southern portion of Indiana is now under an “enhanced risk” for severe weather. That means there is a potential for tornadoes, frequent lightning, damaging winds in excess of 58 mph, and hail with a diameter in excess of 1 inch.

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