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STATEWIDE--High winds, hail, and heavy rainfall are all things you could see from Mother Nature both Thursday and Friday.  

That’s even though the risk for severe weather is marginal, which is the smallest level. A wind advisory goes into effect from 11 am to 8 pm Thursday for western and central Indiana. 

“On a scale of 1 to 5, marginal is a 1. We had a slight risk (2) Wednesday across extreme western portions of the state, but they (the National Weather Service) have since scaled that back,” said WISH-TV Meteorologist Stephanie Mead. 

Mead says the timing of this is crucial. It will be windy for much of the day Thursday, but the possibility for rain and stronger weather isn’t likely until much later. 

“It’s not going to happen when a lot of folks are awake.  It’s going to be happening in the overnight hours. It’s going to come through the metro area pretty early Friday morning around 4 to 5 am,” Mead said.  

She says the main threats with the isolated to scattered, stronger storms will be the potential for some damaging wind and some larger hail. 

“We’re not going to rule out a tornado or some minor flooding, but those are the main threats,” Mead said. 

Mead says most of the state will experience some damaging winds. Some of those winds will reach anywhere from 40 to 50 mph which is why she offers this advice. 

“This storm is really packing a punch in the wind department. If you have your patio furniture out, you might want to bring that furniture inside or hunker it down so it doesn’t blow into a neighbor’s yard,” Mead said. 

Rain is supposed to leave central Indiana by Friday morning with a gradual clearing by Friday afternoon. Friday will still be a windy day with wind gusts around 35 mph.

(PHOTO: National Weather Service of Indianapolis)