A prolonged severe weather and flooding event is unfolding across the central United States with storms developing Oklahoma to Ohio.
The primary threat of severe weather will be damaging wind and flooding rain as storms through Saturday. A few tornadoes may also touch down.
People should be on alert for severe thunderstorms across the area, including in Oklahoma City; Springfield and Cape Girardeau, Missouri; Louisville and Paducah, Kentucky; and Cincinnati.
Multiples vehicles are stranded in high water in southern Indiana as of 11:01 p.m. CDT Friday. Thunderstorms will continue to train over the same areas from Missouri to Ohio into Saturday morning, threatening to cause widespread flooding in some communities.
At 10:45 p.m. CDT Friday, a confirmed large and dangerous tornado is located 3 miles north of Cameron, OK, and moving northeast at 30 mph.
At 10:35 p.m. CDT Friday, a thunderstorm showing strong rotation and capable of producing a tornado is located over Cameron, Oklahoma. The severe thunderstorm and potential tornado is moving northeastward into Arkansas at 35 mph.
TAKE COVER Cameron to Rock Island, OK and Bonanza, AR! Strong rotation heading your way. Also Fort Smith start taking shelter. Turning right pic.twitter.com/usLSdyUeKH
— Reed Timmer (@ReedTimmerAccu) April 29, 2017
As of 10:20 p.m. CDT, flash flooding has been reported near Jasper, Indiana, as soaking thunderstorms continue to move over the same area. Officials report water over the roadway at St. Charles street and 36th street. Motorists are reminded to never drive through a flooded roadway as it puts the occupants and would-be rescuers in a life-threatening situation.
At 9:45 p.m. CDT Friday, the threat for severe thunderstorms and flooding continues across the Ohio River Valley into Saturday morning. Portions of southern Indiana and northern Kentucky, including Evansville and Louisville, remain under a tornado watch until 1:00 a.m. CDT Saturday. A flash flood watch is also in effect for this area.
Over 1.20 inches of rain has already fallen to the east of Cincinnati in Goshen, Ohio, since Friday evening.
Strong to severe thunderstorms with a threat of flash flooding across southern Indiana tonight. #kywx #inwx pic.twitter.com/CGILeA0smj
— NWS Louisville (@NWSLouisville) April 29, 2017
A zone of severe thunderstorms is developing from southeastern Missouri into southern Indiana with more thunderstorms expected to develop in this area over the next several hours. As of 8:25 p.m. CDT Friday, two thunderstorms in this area were showing rotation, indicating that they could produce tornadoes.
At 6:47 p.m. CDT Friday, a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located near Columbus, Indiana. This was the first tornado-warned thunderstorm of the evening and was heading toward Hartsville, Indiana.