The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Slight Risk for severe thunderstorms later today and overnight. This could mean a sleepless night for a lot of people in the Tri-State.

Here's What to Expect:

  • Timing: Things are expected to heat up this afternoon, with storms developing. The window for severe weather stretches from late afternoon to around 1 am Friday (3/15/24) morning.  Keep an eye out for:
  • Hail: Think grapefruit-sized! The NWS is forecasting hail up to 2 inches in diameter, so be sure to secure loose outdoor objects.
  • Wind: Winds could gust up to 70 mph, causing potential damage to trees and power lines.
  • Tornadoes: A few tornadoes are also possible within the line of thunderstorms.
US National Weather Service Paducah Kentucky
US National Weather Service Paducah Kentucky

Right now, the main severe thunderstorm threat looks to be from 4 PM today through 1 AM Friday morning. There may also be a few non-severe thunderstorms this morning (mainly between 8 AM and 11 AM) along and north of the Interstate 64 corridor in southern Illinois and southwest Indiana.

Stay Severe Weather-Ready

US National Weather Service Paducah Kentucky
US National Weather Service Paducah Kentucky

Here are some essential steps to take to stay safe during this severe weather event:

  • Stay Informed: Monitor the latest forecasts from the National Weather Service. Local news outlets will also provide updates.
  • Download a weather app:
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  • Prepare an emergency kit: This should include non-perishable food, water, a battery-powered radio, a flashlight, and a first-aid kit.
  • Secure outdoor furniture and decorations: Don't let your patio furniture become a projectile!
  • Have a plan: Know where you'll go in case of a tornado warning. If you live in a mobile home, consider seeking shelter elsewhere during severe weather events.
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