Outbreak of Storms Could Bring More Tornadoes Today

Mar 2, 2012

LOUISVILLE, Ky.  Forecasters warned that a large section of Kentucky looked to be at risk of severe storms later Friday that could bring tornadoes.

The National Weather Service said there was a moderate risk of severe storms across all of Kentucky, as well as for most of Tennessee and portions of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia. But it says the highest risk stretches across portions of central and western Kentucky and northern Tennessee.

The weather system features abundant Gulf moisture, abnormally warm temperatures and an approaching cold front that will trigger the storms.

Forecasters say the most likely target for the severe weather could be along the Interstate 65 corridor in west-central Kentucky during the early afternoon. The threat will move east into the Bluegrass region of Kentucky in the late afternoon. Forecasters say storms will be capable of producing hail, damaging winds and tornadoes.

Gov. Steve Beshear warned Kentuckians to be prepared for the next round of storms, just two days after tornadoes raked the commonwealth. Beshear's office said the most significant damage from Wednesday's storms appeared to be in Elizabethtown and Hodgenville. No deaths were attributed to the storms in Kentucky but there were several injuries.

Beshear said the state's emergency management officials will closely monitor any outbreak of severe weather Friday and will remain in close contact with local officials.

Additionally, a flash flood watch will be in effect from Friday afternoon through Friday night for eastern Kentucky counties south of Interstate 64.