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Casey and Samantha Heffington walk their dog Chef as they assess the flooding in their apartment complex, Ashley Pointe, on the east side of Evansville, on Monday. The Evansville Courier & Press | Erin McCracken

Severe thunderstorms head this way

FORT WAYNE -- Northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio are likely to have storms Tuesday evening, and some might be severe.

The National Weather Service in northern Indiana said some of the storms will be capable of producing damaging winds, torrential rainfall and hail up to 1 inch in diameter.

Counties in the hazardous weather outlook include:

  • Indiana – Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells, Whitley, LaPorte, St. Joseph, Elkhart, Starke, Pulaski, Marshall, Fulton, White, Cass, Miami, Grant, Blackford and Jay.
  • Ohio – Williams, Fulton, Defiance, Henry, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert and Allen.
Most of the storms are expected to hit after 5 p.m.

The weather service said severe thunderstorms are also possible Wednesday afternoon and evening with a threat for significant damaging winds and very large hail.

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Utility companies say crews are continuing work on restoring electricity to several thousand homes and businesses across northern Indiana after strong thunderstorms with winds gusting more than 60 mph swept through the area.

The National Weather Service has numerous reports of power lines and trees being knocked down during Monday night's storm. Most of the damage reports came from the Gary area through South Bend.

Major utility companies reported at least 120,000 outages in northern Indiana in the storm's wake. More than 50,000 outages remained at midday Tuesday, with the largest concentrations in northwestern Indiana's Lake County and in the South Bend area.

As of 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, fewer than 200 Indiana Michigan Power customers in the Fort Wayne area remained without power, according to the company's website.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.