The severe weather threat has increased since last night. The very latest just released by the Storm Prediction Center at 2 am EDT now has parts of Kentucky in a category 4 Moderate Risk Area for severe storms later today. This area is from just east of Paducah and includes Madisonville, Owensboro, Louisville, Bowling Green to just west of Frankfort. Parts of the Land between the Lakes, Southern Indiana and Central Tennesse are included. The rest of Western Kentucky and those along the I-75 corridor are in a category 3 Enhanced Risk Area. The cities included in this area are Paducah, Covington, Frankfort, Lexington, Winchester, Richmond, Somerset. A strip of Eastern Kentucky is in a Slight Risk Area. Cities included in this are Maysville, Morehead, Jackson, Hazard, Manchester. East of that area is in a Marginal Risk area. Cities in this area include Paintsville, Prestonsburg, Pikeville.
Here's a reminder of each category
There look to be several possible rounds of storms for today. The main event looks to be late this afternoon into the evening hours. After the initial rounds early today these should clear out and allowed the conditions to be conducive for the main round of severe weather to develop. This should start occurring around the 4-5 pm EDT time slot and then continue into the evening hours.
All of the following maps are from 11 am to 11 pm EDT today.
I'm sorry I don't have more time but I have to leave for work in about 10 minutes. Going in early to try and get home early this afternoon. Everyone should be weather vigilant later today and go over your emergency action plan before any severe weather hits your area.
I will be posting updates throughout the day when possible through our Twitter page. As soon as I can after I get off work I will post an update.