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Lightning emerges from a cloud as the leading edge of a severe storm passes over CR-300S east of U.S 35 near LaPorte on Tuesday June 25, 2013. The LaPorte Herald-Argus | Bob Wellinski

Heavy rain forecast, spawns flood watch

FORT WAYNE – Thunderstorms headed toward northeast Indiana and could dump up to 2 inches of rain per hour, prompting the National Weather Service in northern Indiana to issue a flood watch until 11 p.m.

The following counties are included in the watch:

  • Indiana – Adams, Allen, Huntington, Kosciusko, Wabash, Wells, Whitley, Starke, Pulaski, Marshall, Fulton, White, Cass, Miami, Grant, Blackford and Jay.
Rainfall of 1 to 2 inches an hour is possible throughout the area, with some localized storms producing a total of 2 to 4 inches, the weather service said. Some areas north of U.S. 30 have already had more than 4 inches of rain, it said.

The bulk of the storms are expected after 3 p.m. Wednesday.

The rest of northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio are forecast to have rain, but not the volume expected in the current watch area.

A flash flood watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Some of the storms might bring damaging winds and quarter-size hail, and the weather service said the more severe storms are likely during the afternoon and evening.

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