Tornado chances for Kentucky and Indiana Tuesday

Stay weather aware Tuesday and have at least two ways to receive severe weather alerts if one is issued for your area. All modes of severe weather are possible.


Current alerts 

A few counties in Kentucky are under a tornado watch under 4 p.m. Tuesday afternoon. This includes Green, Taylor, Hart & Adair. 

There is also a flood watch in effect due to the amount of rainfall expected in the thunderstorms. This will be especially problematic if storms set up over the same areas that received copious amounts of rain from this morning’s storms. 

A tornado watch means conditions are favorable for the development of severe storms, capable of producing tornadoes. Have a plan and be prepared to seek shelter if a warning is issued for your area. 

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Severe weather risk

Much of the greater Louisville area is under a moderate risk for severe weather this afternoon. This is a level 4 of 5 on the severe weather potential scale issued by the Storm Prediction Center. Kentuckiana has not been under this great of a risk in six years. Take the risk seriously.

If a tornado warning is issued for any county in the viewing area, you can watch live coverage from WHAS11 meteorologists on, WHAS11+ and the WHAS11 YouTube channel. 

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The greatest tornado threat is from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, but tornadoes can occur anywhere at anytime. As storms known as supercells form individually, that is when they are most likely to form tornadoes. But today’s storms will form very quickly and will be responsible for all types of severe weather.

In addition to the tornado threat, large hail, damaging wind and frequent lightning will be possible with any storm that develops. One thing to note is that tornadoes and storms will move rather quickly today.  It is very important you act quickly when a severe thunderstorm warning or tornado warning is issued for your area.

Please make sure you charge all appliances and smart phones, have a flashlight and plenty of blankets, food stored and bottled water in the event you lose power today.

A variable that meteorologists use to find storm energy is to look at a variable called CAPE. Take a look at these high values of CAPE that are projected to affect central Kentucky and southern Indiana this afternoon:

Severe weather tips

It is a good idea to familiarize yourself with the severe weather safety tips so that YOU are prepared when Mother Nature produces destructive and at times life-threatening thunderstorms.

Windy, cold air behind system

Model forecasts are also hinting at a cooler than normal pattern throughout the late stages of the week. Temperatures Wednesday through Friday will likely be in the lower to middle 50s. 

Overnight temperatures will come close to freezing, if not dipping slightly below freezing, in several locations. This may cause some harm to blooming plants.

We are also tracking strong wind for a few days after the storm marches east of us. The strong cold front will bring in wind gusts out of the west to northwest howling around 25-35 mph, if not greater in some rural spots. 

Please take note of this if you drive a high-profile vehicle or have some outdoor furniture that may easily blow around in the wind. The wind will finally begin to taper off during the nighttime hours Thursday.

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