Sunday storms bring hail, more heavy rain

Bill Bennett N Manchester_262023

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Severe storms impacted northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio Sunday.

Thunderstorms moved across the area starting around 2 p.m. and didn’t move out of the area until almost 11 p.m. The storms prompted numerous thunderstorm warnings and even a Tornado Warning for a portion of southern Huntington County.

The National Weather Service has not confirmed any tornadoes, but rather warned an area because of images seen on radar.

With thunder and lightning came heavy rain, hail, and numerous funnel clouds. Several NewsChannel 15 viewers captured funnel clouds in the afternoon near North Manchester.

Pea-sized hail fell across several counties Sunday. There have been no reports of damage from the storms.

Officials in Huntington County reported 3 inches of rain. Emergency managers are concerned about flooding around the Little River in Huntington. The National Weather Service issued a Flood Warning for the Little River in both Huntington and Wabash counties until Tuesday morning. The river was expected to rise about flood stage Sunday evening and crest near 18.7 feet.

Officials warned if the river goes beyond 19 feet it could force the closure of several roads and bridges and prompt evacuations.

The National Weather Service also issued a Flood Warning for the Eel River in Kosciusko, Wabash, Whitley, Cass, and Miami counties. Officials said Sunday’s heavy rainfall caused a rapid rise in the river level. Officials expect the river to crest Monday morning at 11.2 feet, more than 2 feet above flood stage.

Late Sunday, the NWS in North Webster issued Flood Warnings for several rivers in and around Fort Wayne. Click here for active weather alerts.

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