Severe thunderstorms tear through Indiana

Watch issued into Wednesday evening

INDIANAPOLIS - Severe thunderstorms rolled through central Indiana Wednesday afternoon, packing large, damaging hail and gusty winds.

Emergency management officials warned drivers to avoid areas subject to flooding -- including dips and low spots -- throughout the evening.

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Thunderstorms developed in the early-afternoon hours northwest of Indianapolis, immediately prompting warnings. 

A line of storms flared up later in the afternoon, prompting multiple warnings in the Indianapolis metro area and more reports of up to 1.5-inch hail. There were no immediate reports of damage.

There were reports of hail in Parke, Tippecanoe, Clinton and Boone counties. Up to 1.75-inch hail fell in portions of Boone and Clinton counties.

"You should consider parking in a garage if you can," StormTeam 6 Chief Meteorologist Kevin Gregory said. "The biggest threat today is hail. Strong winds are also possible."

More than 6,300 people lost power during the storm in Indianapolis. 

The National Weather Service reported hail measuring as much as 1 inch in diameter fell in Frankfort, Indianapolis and Jeffersonville on Wednesday. It says an emergency manager in Indianapolis estimated a wind gust at 60 mph.

The threat will wane into the evening hours as the frontal system pushes through.

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