severe weather

National Weather Service Paducah,

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,

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.  


  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. 

J. Tyler Franklin/WFPL News, cropped

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.