Tornado spotted along Interstate 74 near State Route 63 in northern Vermillion County

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Severe thunderstorms spawning tornadoes are rolling into Indiana.

The National Weather service says a trained spotter reported a tornado along Interstate 74 near State Route 63 in northern Vermillion County on Sunday afternoon. It also reports power lines down in adjacent Fountain County.

Vermillion County Sheriff's Department Director of Communication Derrek Williams reports there's widespread damage in the northern part of the county, about 60 miles northwest of Indianapolis.

The Fountain County Emergency Management Agency reports a truck has tipped over on Interstate 74.

The weather service reports 1 1/4 inches of rain fell in a 90-minute period in the Owen County town of Gosport.

The National Weather Service said a tornado watch was in effect until 8 p.m. EST Sunday for much of the state.

NWS says the tornado watch is in effect until 8 p.m. EST Sunday for all of Indiana north of a line running roughly from Jasper to Madison. It also covers southwestern Indiana.

The weather service also has issued a high wind warning for much of northern Indiana, from Marion and Logansport on north. It says southerly winds will gust up to 45 mph Sunday afternoon. Winds will shift to the west Sunday evening with gusts up to 60 mph.

A wind advisory covers much of the rest of the state until 9 p.m. EST. The weather service forecasts winds of 30 mph or more, gusting to 50 mph.

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security is advising Hoosiers to stay home if possible because of the threat of severe weather.

The department advises Hoosiers to make sure they have a severe weather plan in place. It suggests talking to your family about what you'll do to shelter in your home and what you'll do if you need to evacuate Sunday.

The agency says thunderstorms, flash floods, and tornadoes can appear suddenly with little warning and have the strength and power to cause great damage.

It also advises following weather reports on radio and television and to monitor developing conditions through local media or with a weather radio.

The agency also advises seeking shelter inside a building or in a hardtop vehicle, but avoid touching metal objects.

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