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Severe weather, including potential hail and tornadoes, expected across Kentucky through Thursday

Storm clouds moving into Richmond, KY
Stan Ingold
Storm clouds moving into Richmond, KY

Severe weather is expected to continue throughout the entirety of the Commonwealth through Thursday morning.

The National Weather Service expects the most severe storms Wednesday afternoon and evening, starting around 4 p.m. through early Thursday. Straight line wind, hail and tornadoes are all possible. Squalls are also possible starting Wednesday night.

Gov. Andy Beshear said during a live streamed conference addressing the weather to make sure weather warnings can be easily accessed.

“Be concerned when you go to bed about how you will get the information,” Beshear said. “If there is a warning, these warnings come really fast the way the storms can develop. It can happen very quickly.”

Kentuckians can listen to weather warnings via a NOAA weather radio, local TV and radio updates, wireless emergency alerts on smartphones, weather apps, listening to outdoor sirens or visiting weather.gov.

State officials recommend to stay in place as much as possible, but State Highway Engineer James Ballenger warns caution if driving is necessary.

“Slow down, keep your hands on the wheel and keep a safe distance from other cars, especially the large semi trucks that you may see on the roadway. Or even better, just safely pull over.”

Meteorologists say to have a safe place prepared, and for workers away from home to know where to go in case of an emergency.

Other preparedness tips are available here.

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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