Strong thunderstorm to move through southern Bartholomew County by 5:30 p.m.

A strong thunderstorm will impact portions of southeastern Brown, southern Bartholomew, northeastern Jackson and northwestern Jennings counties through 5:30 p.m.

At 4:45 p.m., Doppler radar was tracking a strong thunderstorm 11 miles southwest of Columbus, moving east at 30 mph.

Winds in excess of 30 mph and nickel size hail are a part of this storm, which could knock down tree limbs and blow around unsecured objects. Hail damage is possible

Locations impacted include Columbus, Elizabethtown, Jonesville, Hayden, Azalia, Waymansville, and Grammer.  This includes Interstate 65 between mile markers 52 and 65.


If outdoors, consider seeking shelter inside a building.

Torrential rainfall is also occurring with this storm and may lead to localized flooding. Do not drive your vehicle through flooded roadways.

Frequent cloud to ground lightning is occurring with this storm.

Lightning can strike 10 miles away from a thunderstorm. Seek a safe shelter inside a building or vehicle.

Bartholomew County upgraded to enhanced risk for severe weather Monday night into Tuesday.

  • A slight risk remains for flash flooding for tonight through Tuesday morning.
  • There is an increased risk for flash flooding on Tuesday.
  • Multiple rounds of strong to severe storms are likely through Tuesday evening.
  • Additional strong to severe storms possible Tuesday afternoon through early evening, mainly near and south of the I-70 Corridor.
  • Widespread 1-3 inches of rain expected with locally higher amounts possible.

Main Threats:

  • Heavy Rain (Monday and Tuesday)
  • Large Hail – (Monday)
  • Damaging Wind and Possible Tornadoes (Monday)

Actions/What To Do:

  • Be weather aware.
  • Have multiple ways to receive warnings.
  • Have a safety plan in place and be ready to act when severe weather is imminent.
  • Be ready to seek higher ground should flood waters near your location.
  • Motorists – NEVER across a flooded roadway.
  • Use caution when driving at night.  Flooded roadways are hard to see in the dark.