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National Weather Service reminds Kentuckians to prepare ahead of severe Tuesday storms

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The worst of a set of severe storms hitting the Commonwealth is expected to hit central and eastern Kentucky Tuesday afternoon.

High winds, tornadoes, hail and flooding are all on the table, according to the National Weather Service. The weather would be the second of two severe storms in Kentucky, in as many days.

The NWS says 1.5 to two inches of rainfall are expected in the flood watch area, with three inches possible in localized areas. That area includes Bourbon, Clark, Fayette, Franklin, Harrison, Henry, Nicholas, Scott, Trimble and Woodford counties.

Ron Steve is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Louisville branch. He says it’s important to have multiple ways to get warnings, like turning on your smartphone’s emergency alerts or buying a weather radio.

“Those are two good ways that are not dependent on power being on, not dependent on you being awake or having something turned on to get the warnings,” Steve said.

He also recommends having the television on and tuned in to local channels.

In the meantime, Steve says it’s important to have a plan and have your essentials in case those alerts do go off.

“Make sure you have flashlights and at least a decent pair of shoes on, or available to put on,” Steve said. “God forbid something happens to your house, you don’t want to be walking around with boards with nails sticking out of them with bare feet.”

A safety briefing packet is available online.

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Shepherd joined WEKU in June 2023 as a staff reporter. He most recently worked for West Virginia Public Broadcasting as General Assignment Reporter. In that role, he collected interviews and captured photos in the northern region of West Virginia. Shepherd holds a master’s degree in Digital Marketing Communication and a bachelor’s in music from West Virginia University.
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