The Midwest again experienced a huge storm system Wednesday and the system's potential impact on Michiana prompted WSBT to declare a "Severe Weather Alert Day."
Most Michiana storms were loud with heavy rain and some hail. Thunderstorms hit the area in waves and as of early Thursday morning, all severe weather watches and warnings had been lifted.
However, a FLASH FLOOD WATCH was declared for the Indiana counties of Elkhart, Fulton, Koscisuko, LaPorte, LaGrange, Marshall, Pualski, St. Joseph and Starke. In Michigan, Berrien, Cass and St. Joseph counties are under the flash flood watch.
Thursday will be wet throughout Michiana, but there is no severe weather threat. Highs in the middle 60s.
So far, five confirmed tornadoes pounded Indiana on Wednesday.
- Lawrence County: A tornado struck along U.S. 50 east of the city and caused multiple injuries. WISH-TV in Indianapolis reported 12 people were injured as some homes were flattened before the storm moved toward Columbus.
- Huntington County: The National Weather Service surveyed storm damage in the southwestern part of the county and declared a weak EF0 tornado struck three miles north of Mt. Etna. The tornado formed in a wooded area west of the 300 South/Indiana 9 intersection. Winds were roughly 65 mph as the tornado remained on the group for about a third of a mile.
Did Pulasko County have a tornado?
The Pulaski County Sheriff's Department was investigating claims Wednesday of a tornado in Francesville. Police say there was structural damage and trees and power lines down in Francisville, but no injuries.
As yet, no one from Pulaski County's emergency management or other officials had given information about the possible tornado to the National Weather Service. The National Weather Service would be the agency to declare if a tornado did occur in Pulaski County.
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Associated Press and the National Weather Service contributed to this story.