The last time the National Weather Service told us that we were in for bad weather, we experienced a tornado outbreak in the tri-state area. One small one ripped through my neighborhood, destroying trees and buildings. We are still cleaning up the mess.

And looks like April isn't done with us yet. The National Weather Service in Paducah has warned that we might see more bad weather this week.

Above-normal temperatures will remain in place across the Quad State through the middle of the week. Along with the warm temperatures, the chances for showers and thunderstorms will increase Tuesday through Wednesday with strong to severe storms possible! Strong to severe thunderstorms are possible through Wednesday. Isolated severe storms are possible this afternoon and evening across northern portions of the area in close-proximity to a warm frontal boundary. A greater risk of severe weather arrives late Tuesday, Tuesday night, and Wednesday with the approach and passage of a cold front. Stay tuned as we fine-tune the details over the next day or two. 

The NWS posted this in a Severe Weather Statement:

Monday Night: A few thunderstorms may form along the Interstate 64 corridor and slightly south late this afternoon into tonight. The strongest storms may briefly become capable of damaging wind gusts and large hail.

Tuesday Night: Thunderstorms will be possible once again Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. Isolated tornadoes, damaging wind, and large hail may become a threat with these storms.

Warrick Emergency Management posted this at 3PM 4/15/2024.
Tonight Severe Weather into Tuesday Outlook: There will be isolated to widely scattered thunderstorms that will develop, with this system these storms may become severe with large hail and damaging winds being the main hazards. Timing for tonight will be mainly 3:00 PM - 11:00 PM today. We have been upgraded to a Slight Risk ( Level 2 of 5 ) for the severe thunderstorms.
TUESDAY: intensify scattered severe thunderstorms are expected during the late afternoon and evening hours. The main hazards for Tuesday:
- Damaging wind gust
- Possibly a tornado or two
- Large Hail
Timing mainly 3:00 PM to 1:00 AM
IMPORTANT: Be weather aware and ready to act. Have multiple ways to receive warning information!
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Uggg! I'm over the severe weather! But I saw an interesting fact from Daviess County Emergency Management. They stated in a Facebook post a couple of weeks ago.

Interesting fact for today-We get asked often why we "hype" weather events that may be on the lower end of the severe spectrum. SImple answer is weather changes all the time, as we already know. But the real reason is found in the below numbers:
Since 1995 (EF-3 Tornadoes)
-3 Were in a high risk event
-4 Were in a moderate risk event
-17 EF 3 Tornadoes were in a LOW risk event
To add, fatalities have increased 20% during overnight storms. So this is why our messaging is so strong anytime a TOR threat is near.
Just a fun fact.
Source: US National Weather Service Paducah Kentucky

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  • Water (one gallon per person per day for several days, for drinking and sanitation)
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  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Extra batteries
  • Whistle (to signal for help)
  • Dust mask (to help filter contaminated air)
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape (to shelter in place)
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties (for personal sanitation)
  • Wrench or pliers (to turn off utilities)
  • Manual can opener (for food)
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery

Additional Emergency Supplies

Consider adding the following items to your emergency supply kit based on your individual needs:

  • Soap, hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes to disinfect surfaces
  • Prescription medications. About half of all Americans take a prescription medicine every day. An emergency can make it difficult for them to refill their prescription or to find an open pharmacy. Organize and protect your prescriptions, over-the-counter drugs, and vitamins to prepare for an emergency.
  • Non-prescription medications such as pain relievers, anti-diarrhea medication, antacids or laxatives
  • Prescription eyeglasses and contact lens solution
  • Infant formula, bottles, diapers, wipes and diaper rash cream
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Cash or traveler's checks
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records saved electronically or in a waterproof, portable container
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
  • Complete change of clothing appropriate for your climate and sturdy shoes
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children

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