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Widespread severe storm outbreak this evening/tonight

Biggest part of damaging weather will stay south of Louisville

Wed., April 13, 2022  4:30 P.M.

The atmosphere  is set to produce a significant severe weather outbreak over the next 6 hours, or so.  Wind fields are very strong (more so than usual).  The moisture/heat component is high enough locally, but remains much more conducive to severe weather several hundred miles south of here.  The Storm Prediction Center is highlighting the northern half of Alabama, western half of Tennessee and the southwestern corner of Kentucky as the area of highest risk of the “big three” severe storm events – hail, high winds and tornadoes.  Tornado Watches cover most of that area at this time.

While locally, we’re not in nature’s “bulls eye” but we are still under some risk, especially for strong wind gusts.  A squall line/cold front will quickly cross the area this evening.  Our highest threat for severe storms here will be between 8 P.M. and 10 P.M.  Thunderstorms should produce strong to severe winds and heavy downpours.  An isolated “spin-up”  tornado or two will be possible, especially south of Louisville.  Note:  Spin-ups tornadoes sometimes occur in the area of “kinks” along the line of thunderstorms.  They usually last only a few minutes and fall on the low end of the tornado family – F0 and F1.

Even though 8 to 10 P.M. will be our highest threat time, additional thunderstorms/heavy rain will not leave the area until around Midnight.  Some minor flash flooding could occur