- Associated Press - Sunday, June 7, 2015

CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) - Storms packing heavy rains and strong winds have lashed northwestern Indiana.

The National Weather Service said the storms that rolled into the region Sunday afternoon were capable of producing wind gusts up to 70 mph, heavy rain and localized flash flooding.

The weather service issued a tornado warning for parts of Porter and Jasper counties after a funnel cloud was spotted aloft in the area. It said up to 4 inches of water was flowing across low-lying roads in Lake County after more than 2 inches of rain had fallen, including 1¼ inches during a 45-minute period.

The weather service issued a flash flood warning for central and southern Lake County including for the communities of Merrillville, Crown Point, Hobart and Lowell.

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