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Nearly all of our region is now under a MODERATE to HIGH Risk today.

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch until 7 tonight  for all Kentucky counties west of Daviess, McLean, and Muhlenberg.  The watch area also includes Alexander, Massac, Pope, Johnson, and Pulaski counties in southernmost Illinois as well as Henry, Obion, Dyer, Lake, and Weakley counties in northwest Tennessee.

The watch is the result of a strong storm system rapidly moving east through our region out of the plains states.  This system will also bring high winds gusting up to 40 miles an hour and a chance of large hail.

A tornado watch means conditions are favorable for the formation of tornadoes in the area.  Be ready to move to a safe place if threatening weather approaches.  Again we have a tornado watch in effect for our region until 7 tonight.  We'll keep you updated as the situation develops.

 See details on the National Weather Service Paducah site.

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National Weather Service forecasters in Paducah say strong storms are likely ahead of a significant cold front that will move through the region Saturday night and Sunday.  

A powerful storm moved through parts of northern Calloway County early Thursday afternoon, generating a possible downburst near Kirksey that damaged more than 20 structures, leveled about 50 trees, and brought down several power lines.

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Moderate flooding is expected near Cairo, IL as the Mississippi and Illinois rivers crests this week, but the National Weather Service said the risk of spring flooding will continue for the next several weeks.

The moderate flooding prediction comes two years after historic flooding throughout many of far western Kentucky's river counties.

NWS Meteorologist Rachel Trevino in Paducah said rainfall and snow north of western Kentucky and southern Illinois along with future storm cells could all contribute to the rising river levels.

“The flooding going on up north of us due to rainfall and the snow packs and stuff probably will kind of affect us down in this area probably in the next two or three weeks," she said. " It will take that long for that water to get down here.”

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The National Weather Service is issuing flood warnings in Kentucky and Tennessee as the Mississippi River starts to slowly rise from northern floodwaters, but officials say the rising water should not have a significant impact.

NWS Meteorologist Marlene Mickelson in Memphis says the lower part of the Mississippi River will see elevated levels through the next two weeks.

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National Weather Service forecasters say a line of storms moving in out of the west this afternoon will bring a moderate risk of severe thunderstorms, damaging winds, hail, and tornadoes lasting into the evening.

Severe Weather Coming to Region

Apr 17, 2013
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Severe weather is expected across the region over the next 48 hours.

The national weather service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch through 9:00pm for the  WKMS listening area. A wind advisory will also be in effect beginning at 1:00am.

Forecasters expect a second line of storms to reach the area in late afternoon tomorrow. The storms should last late into the night. Forecasters say the conditions will be favorable for high winds, hail and tornadoes. Rainfall totals are expected to be 1 to 2 inches. 

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The National Weather Service is using a new severe weather warning system in Kentucky starting April 1. NWS spokesperson Rick Shanklin says the Impact Based Warning System is primarily for tornado warnings, especially after the 2011 Joplin, Mo., tornado.

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The National Weather Service plans to tweak its wording in weather warnings in April.

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As spring weather approaches, Tennessee’s emergency officials and weather forecasters are launching a campaign during the state’s Severe Weather Awareness Week to provide important weather safety information. The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, along with the National Weather Service and the Tennessee Association of Broadcasters, are conducting educational activities and drills this week. 

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