3:27pm

Fri September 7, 2012
Environmental Watchdog

Severe Storms Expected in Central Kentucky

The National Weather Service office in Louisville is predicting severe thunderstorms for Central Kentucky tonight and into the overnight period. A squall line is forecast to hit the Interstate 65 corridor around midnight tonight and move into the Bluegrass region of the state around 2 a.m. EDT Saturday. The weather service says the main danger will be from damaging winds.

The weather service issued a special weather statement for residents of Hancock, Breckinridge, Meade, Ohio, Grayson, Hardin, Bullitt, Jefferson, Oldham, Trimble, Henry, Shelby, Franklin, Scott, Harrison, Spencer, Anderson, Woodford, Fayette, Bourbon, Nicholas, Nelson, Washington, Mercer, Jessamine, Clark, LaRue, Marion, Boyle, Garrard, Madison, Butler, Edmonson, Hart, Green, Taylor, Casey, Lincoln, Logan, Warren, Simpson, Allen, Barren, Monroe, Metcalfe, Adair, Russell, Cumberland and Clinton counties.

Storms with damaging winds, hail and brief heavy rainfall are possible later today or tonight along and west of I-65, the weather service said.

Then, later in the evening the squall line will push across Indiana and Central Kentucky. The storms could hit Jasper, Ind. about 9 p.m. EDT, the I-65 corridor about midnight and the Bluegrass region about 2 a.m. EDT. high winds are the biggest threat, the NWS said, with a smaller threat from hail. A few tornadoes are also possible, particularly in Southern Indiana, the weather service said.