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Lightning emerges from a cloud as the leading edge of a severe thunderstorm passes Wednesday over a county road near LaPorte in northwest Indiana.

Heavy rain brings flood warnings

– The National Weather Service issued flood warnings for counties in southwest and west-central Indiana because of a slow-moving thunderstorm Wednesday that dropped heavy rain and knocked down trees.

The weather service said 3.5 inches of rain fell in about a half hour Wednesday afternoon in the Daviess County town of Odon, about 40 miles southwest of Bloomington.

Dispatchers in Daviess, Greene and Lawrence counties said they received reports of downed trees because of high winds but said they had no reports of major property damage.

A travel advisory was issued Wednesday evening for Sullivan County.

The new storms came a day after lightning was suspected as the cause of two house fires in central Indiana.

Juveniles charged in death of cousin, 5

The investigation into the death of a 5-year-old Muncie girl took a new turn with charges filed against her two cousins, an 11-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy.

The Star Press reported Wednesday the two face juvenile charges of aggravated battery in the death Saturday of the girl identified by authorities only by the initials M.P.

The juveniles told police that some of the assaults were ordered by their older sister, Charlene Tabb, who with her husband, Marcus, faces a preliminary charge of neglect of a dependent causing death.

The Tabbs have been held without bond in the Delaware County Jail, where records don’t indicate whether they have attorneys. The Tabbs were unofficial guardians of the 5-year-old.

Firefighters battle grain fires in silos

Grain fires smoldered in silos at a northwestern Indiana grain elevator two days after an explosion killed a worker.

Safety manager Shawn Lambert of facility owner Co-Alliance LLP in Union Mills said Wednesday that firefighters worked from 100 feet up to douse the smoldering grain in at least two silos with water.

Lambert said work to remove equipment damaged in Monday’s explosion at the Union Mills Co-op allowed fresh air to ignite the grain Tuesday night and burn a rubber belt on a conveyer system.

Grain dust is the suspected cause of Monday’s blast that killed James Swank, 67.