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  The National Weather Service in Paducah is warning the western Kentucky region that increased severe weather conditions often follow autumn temperatures. NWS meteorologist Rick Shanklin says tornado watches should be treated as warnings during the fall season because of the increased risk.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has declared federal disaster aid for 20 Kentucky counties, including more than a dozen in our listening area. 

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

More than 20 counties across Kentucky, including more than a dozen in our listening area are seeking disaster relief in the wake of severe flooding. 

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Governor Matt Bevin signed an executive order Thursday declaring a statewide emergency in response of flooding in portions of western Kentucky. 

NOAA Paducah,

Afternoon update:

This afternoon's storms have moved out of our listening area but flooding remains a concern, with a flash flood warning still in effect for Trigg, Todd and Christian County until 5.

A severe thunderstorm watch is still in effect until 8.

Much of the same weather from today is in the forecast again tomorrow.

NOAA Paducah,

Severe thunderstorm warnings:

  • Todd and Muhlenberg County until 3:30. Line moving northeast at 60 mph

A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for our listening area until later tonight.

NOAA Paducah,

Some strong storms continue to move through the region this evening. Here are the latest updates from the National Weather Service:

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National Weather Service Paducah is holding a public town hall meeting tonight to discuss the tornado that struck Mayfield earlier this month. 

The meeting includes a presentation on tornado safety followed by a panel discussion with meteorologists and emergency management staff. 

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Officials in Graves County are assessing the damage from a tornado that touched down north of Mayfield Tuesday. In a media conference Wednesday, National Weather Service Meteorologist Rick Shanklin says initial reports indicate the tornado peaked at the low end of EF3 on the sale, with 140 miles per hour winds. 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, via YouTube

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and 1st District U.S. Representative Ed Whitfield released statements today regarding Tuesday's tornado that struck western Kentucky.