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Matt Markgraf, WKMS

A line of severe thunderstorms caused some structural damage when it swept across west Kentucky and southern Illinois Tuesday.

Heavy Storms Move Through West Kentucky Region

Apr 3, 2018
Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Update: Thunderstorms with heavy rain are moving out of the region Tuesday evening. Driving conditions may still be hazardous in the region. The storms brought several tornado warnings and a few confirmed tornadoes, according to the National Weather Service in Paducah:

American Red Cross, West Kentucky Chapter Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/wkyredcross/

  The American Red Cross is assisting in recovery efforts in Hopkinsville following the storms that impacted the area on Saturday.

Before it got cold this winter, it was warm. Very warm. In fact, new data out Monday shows 2017 was the third warmest year recorded in the lower 48 states.

And it was also a smackdown year for weather disasters: 16 weather events each broke the billion-dollar barrier.

First, the heat. Last year was 2.6 degrees F warmer than the average year during the 20th century.

NOAA Paducah, weather.gov

Update Saturday:

Most of the Four Rivers Region is under a moderate risk for severe weather Saturday afternoon and evening. The National Weather Service in Paducah is forecasting at least two rounds of storms.

Afternoon activity is scattered with large hail, damaging winds and an isolated tornado possible. 

via National Weather Service

 

Counties surrounding the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers are facing high flood levels after the region received several inches of rain over the weekend. National Weather Service Hydrologist Mary Lamb said flood levels are reaching about 35 feet in Smithland and as high as 46 feet further west in Cairo, Illinois.

National Weather Service Paducah, weather.gov

A widespread freeze is expected over the weekend, following last night's severe storms. The National Weather Service has issued a freeze warning from 10 p.m. Friday until 8 a.m. Saturday. 

Cheri Lawson, WEKU

Governor Matt Bevin declared a statewide emergency on Friday in response to the severe weather across the commonwealth earlier this week. 

National Weather Service Paducah

At least three people died and thousands lost power when severe storms last night passed through Kentucky, Illinois, Tennessee, and Missouri.  The storms spawned tornadoes that claimed lives in Perry County, MO as well as Ottawa and Crossville, IL.

NOAA Paducah, weather.gov

Update:   The National Weather Service in Paducah warns residents throughout the Ohio Valley about the risk of Severe Thunderstorms this evening and overnight which could result in tornadoes and large hail.  

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