Tornado Watch issued for Kentuckiana through midnight


by Ben Pine

Posted on February 20, 2014 at 9:57 AM

Updated Thursday, Feb 20 at 7:58 PM

**The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch for all counties in the WHAS11 viewing area until midnight.**

I'm not going to give you a million maps and let too much information get in the way of crucial information. Trust me, all of the ingredients are present for a damaging wind event.

Let's get right to it...

Severe Storm Threat Timeline:

  • 6pm - Midnight
  • Metro Louisville: 7pm - 10pm
  • Threat ends by midnight


1) Damaging Winds (Wind Advisory today until 1am - gusts 30-50 mph)

    -Destructive winds in excess of 60 mph possible.  SPC says "Widespread Damaging Wind Event" likely.  Tree, power line, and home damage possible.

2) Power Outages - saturated ground and weakened trees could increase tree damage and power outages.

3) Flash Flooding - Over an inch of rain over saturated ground and melting snow will lead to flooding problems.

4) Tornado - Isolated tornado possible.  A tornado outbreak is not expected.

Check out the maps below:

1) Storms develop and strengthen after 6pm from the west/southwest.

2)  A squall-line or two organize - destructive straight-line wind threat - especially along and south of the Ohio River.

3) Storm threat diminishing around midnight.

4) Total rainfall map

5) Threat summary.

Be ready for watches and warnings later today.  We will keep you updated online, on your mobile, and on television throughout today and tonight.  Have a plan ready, and know your place of shelter.  Have a first aid kit and weather radio with fresh batteries ready to go!  

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