INDIANAPOLIS — Central Indiana saw the first of potentially several severe thunderstorms for the week Monday. The Indiana Department of Public Works urges people to be prepared for more severe weather.

The Indianapolis Office of the National Weather Service issued a notice Tuesday placing Marion County in an area of enhanced potential for severe weather. Part of Marion County is in an area of concern for tornado development Wednesday.

The Division of Emergency Management is monitoring the weather and working with public safety and other agencies to keep people safe. The Marion County Metropolitan Emergency Services Agency says knowing the difference between a watch and a warning, and what actions to take when they are issued, can help people take appropriate precautions.

The DPW said with heavy winds and rains people may experience high water on roads, downed tree limbs, or malfunctioning traffic signals. If they do, the department says people should call 317-327-4622.

Additionally, the Office of Public Health and Safety provides the following weather safety and preparedness tips to keep residents safe:

  • Stay away from downed power lines and trees and report them immediately. Report fallen power lines and power outages to AES at 317-261-8111.
  • Secure any outside furniture to minimize any property damage from high winds.
  • If a tornado warning is issued, find shelter immediately. Stay away from windows, doors, and outside walls. If driving, do not stop under an overpass or bridge. A low, flat location is safer.
  • When thunder roars, go indoors. A sturdy building is the safest place to be during a thunderstorm.

The Division of Emergency Management provided these safety and preparedness tips:

  • Pay attention to weather reports, warnings of thunderstorms, and alerts that conditions could lead to a tornado. Be ready to change plans, if necessary.
  • Have multiple ways to stay informed. Utilize a weather radio and keep wireless devices charged. Subscribe to weather apps and have notifications turned on to alert you of incoming weather. Tornado Sirens are meant for outdoor notification only!
  • Know the signs of a tornado including a rotating, funnel-shaped cloud; an approaching cloud of debris; or a loud roar—like a freight train.
  • If a tornado warning is issued, find shelter immediately. Stay away from windows, doors, and outside walls. If driving, do not stop under an overpass or bridge. A low, flat location is safer. A basement or interior room is the best location.
  • When thunder roars, go indoors. A sturdy building is the safest place to be during a thunderstorm.
  • Avoid flooded roadways – turn around, don’t drown! Just six inches of fast-moving water can be hazardous.
  • Keep water and non-perishable food on hand for at least 3 days.
  • Stay away from downed power lines and trees and report them immediately. Report fallen power lines to AES at 317-261-8111 and downed trees at indy.gov/requestindy.
  • Residents are encouraged to check on vulnerable neighbors, friends, and family. For more information on how to prepare for severe weather, visit ready.gov.

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