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Severe weather possible today

By: Meteorologist John Carroll Email
By: Meteorologist John Carroll Email

Last night storms moved through central and eastern Kentucky, with wind damage and some hail being estimated by radar. Showers and storms made there way into SE Kentucky around Midnight, but weakened as they dove into E. Tennessee. That was phase one of our transition to cooler conditions. Phase two is Sunday afternoon, and this round will be a bit more intense.

Sunday is going to be the day of transition. We have the warm air in place and the cooler air wants to move in, therefore during the transition from warm to cool we will have some stormy weather. Look for storms to develop late in the afternoon across Kentucky, Northern and Eastern Tennessee, as well as Virginia. The storms will be accompanied by heavy rain, gusty winds, lightning and hail (possibly up to an inch in diameter). There is mention that some storms may spawn an isolated tornado, Eastern Kentucky and NE E Tennessee are in line for the most intense weather today. Needless to say this will be a strong batch of storms Sunday afternoon/evening so keep informed and stay safe.

We are under the Local 8 Weather Alert until late Sunday night, so keep informed and stay safe. Make sure you have your emergency plan in place if the storms do move through your area. If you are planning a hike or a boating expedition, or playing any outdoor sports keep an eye to the sky and try to finish early in the afternoon.

Officially we are in the "sight risk" category for severe storms today, while the moderate range is to the north in E Kentucky, Western VA, which is not that far away.

Once again, the potential is here for strong to severe storms Sunday afternoon into Sunday night. We will update you throughout the day tomorrow on Facebook and Twitter. Remember, strong strait line winds can be as destructive as a small tornado.

John Carroll

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