By: David Shepherd, News Director / Forecaster
AREA WIDE -- Heavy rain, flooding, and high winds are all possible factors in the immediate weather forecast impacting much of Indiana. That's according to Marc Dahmer, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
The NWS has issued a SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT for Dubois and most of its surrounding counties warning residents of the impending winds, heavy rainfall and severe weather (see full statement below).
"Over the next few days, we'll start with some showers Tuesday into Wednesday with maybe a bit of a break Wednesday afternoon and then on Wednesday night we start to see the potential for rain showers and thunderstorms to increase across the area. The bulk of the precipitation really doesn't arrive until Wednesday night ahead of a strong storm system moving our way," Dahmer said.
Dahmer says the potential is there to see some isolated severe weather as the storm moves through Wednesday night into Thursday.
"The potential is also there for very strong environmental winds, even outside of the storm. I would not be surprised if we see winds gusting up to 50 miles per hour," Dahmer said.
With high winds, there is always the chance of power lines getting knocked down.
Flooding also can't be ruled out.
"Considering we are already experiencing some river flooding currently and the ground is still somewhat saturated, I would not be surprised that come Wednesday night into Thursday that we do see some additional flooding with the rainfall that may occur," Dahmer continued.