The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio until 6 p.m.
Indiana counties included are Adams, Allen, Benton, Blackford, Boone, Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Delaware, Elkhart, Fountain, Fulton, Grant, Hamilton, Henry, Howard, Huntington, Jasper, Jay, Kosciusko, Lake, LaPorte, Madison, Marshall, Miami, Montgomery, Newton, Porter, Pulaski, Randolph, St. Joseph, Starke, Tippecanoe, Tipton, Wabash, Warren, Wells, White and Whitley.
Large hail and damaging winds are possible, as is an isolated tornado, the weather service said.
The worst storms are most likely to be along along and south of U.S. 30 this evening in Ohio, the weather service said.
At 5:40 p.m., Indiana Michigan Power was reporting that more than 58,000 customers in the Fort Wayne area were without power, as were several thousand throughout the northeast Indiana region.
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More storms are possible overnight and on Saturday.
The weather service said the rain with these storms is not expected to eliminate or greatly reduce drought conditions in the region.
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