Forecasters say there is an increasing risk of severe weather in our area this evening. The National Weather Service in Indianapolis says that we now are under an enhanced risk of severe weather starting at about 9 p.m. tonight through 4 a.m. Wednesday morning.
The agency warns that several types of severe weather are possible including large hail, heavy rain, wind gusts of 60 to 70 mph and even tornadoes are possible. The greatest danger of tornadoes is from 7 tonight to midnight.
Local emergency officials are warning of the possibility of power outages.
With the increased risk of severe weather in our area, state emergency officials are offering safety tips.
The Indiana Department of Homeland Security says that if you have to take shelter, you should move to the lowest floor of a sturdy building such as a basement, safe room or storm shelter. If you don’t have such shelter, you should use an interior room or a hallway that has no windows. Blankets, pillows and furniture can provide additional protection.
If you are in a vehicle when severe weather hits, officials say yoru best choice is to get out and take shelter in a strong building. If you have to stay in the car, keep your seatbelt on, lower your head below the window and cover your head and neck with your arms and a blanket.
They also say not to try to shelter underneath of a bridge or overpass. Strong winds could cause the structure to collapse. You are also not protected from flying debris under a bridge. And if you vehicle is stopped there, you can block the roadway, preventing emergency crews from passing through or impeding others who are trying to reach better shelter.
The department also suggests that you have several ways of getting accurate and updated weather reports including radios and smartphone apps.
Seymour police arrested a woman Thursday morning on drug dealing charges after a three month investigation.
Officers served a search warrant at a home in the Village Green Mobile Home Park at about 7:30 a.m. yesterday morning, where they discovered 74 grams of methamphetamine along with marijuana, drug paraphernalia and cash. The paraphernalia included items used to package drugs for sale including scales, baggies and packaging material. The methamphetamine has an estimated street value of $2,000.
45-year-old Kisha G. Philpot of Seymour was arrested on preliminary charges of dealing methamphetamine, maintaining a common nuisance, and for possessing the marijuana and paraphernalia.
Seymour police were assisted at the scene by Jackson County Sheriff’s Department deputies. The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are expected.
You can expect to hear tornado sirens blaring and the Emergency Alert System sounding at about 10:15 a.m. this morning. The Indiana Broadcasters Association and the National Weather Service will be testing the system today morning as part of Indiana Severe Weather Preparedness Week.
Today’s test will include a 15-minute long Live Tornado Warning alert, which is done to ensure the system is working properly in the event of an actual tornado.
Severe Weather Preparedness Week runs through Saturday. The week includes coordinated efforts to work with residents, businesses, and government agencies across Indiana on preparedness activities.
The National Weather Service in Indianapolis says that Indiana averages more than 20 tornadoes each year, along with hundreds of severe thunderstorms that produce damaging winds, large hail, and flash flooding.
In the case of severe or inclement weather conditions today, the test will be rescheduled for Wednesday.
Authorities in Brown County are looking for a missing Nashville man. A Silver Alert has been issued for 76-year-old Joseph Carmer. Authorities say Carmer wandered away from the 2900 block of Mt. Liberty Road. He is believed to be in extreme danger and may require medical assistance.
Carmer is a white male, 5 feet 9 inches tall, 183 pounds, brown/gray hair with blue eyes, last seen wearing a black sweatshirt, blue jeans, black shoes, and has a “Mom” tattoo on his right forearm.
If you have any information on Carmer’s whereabouts, you should call the Brown County Sheriff’s Department at (812) 988-6655 or 911.