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Volatile Storm to Hit Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, Tennessee May

This past weekend, my husband was finally able to go out and clean up some of the mess that an April tornado made in our yard. It zipped right through it taking out trees and buildings. Thankfully, our house was spared but man, what a hassle!

It’s been, what, a couple of weeks since our last tornado threat. Well, Mother Nature is cookin’ again because the NWS is monitoring what they call a “wide-spread severe weather event” tomorrow.

Severe Weather Statement from the National Weather Service

Here you go:

This Hazardous Weather Outlook is for portions of southern Illinois, southwest Indiana, western Kentucky, and southeast Missouri.

Tuesday

Morning thunderstorms will continue to be capable of lightning, locally heavy rainfall, gusty winds, and small hail, as they complete their eastward move across the remainder of the area.

More thunderstorm development expected later this afternoon and evening may pose an all severe hazards threat.

Two waves of thunderstorms are expected today. The initial wave is expected to be strong but mostly sub-severe and pass through between 9AM and 12PM. The second wave is expected to begin around 3 to 4 PM and continue through 10PM, and is the greater concern for severe thunderstorms. All forms of severe weather hazards are possible today including the potential for a few strong tornadoes and large to giant hail.

National Weather Service

National Weather Service

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Wednesday

A significantly severe thunderstorm outbreak is expected Wednesday, especially Wednesday afternoon and evening, with damaging winds, large hail, and tornadoes. Localized flooding is also an impact hazard where repeat heavy rainfall may occur. It is possible severe storms could begin as early as mid to late morning Wednesday with the warm sector moving in, but the main threat will be in the afternoon and evening as the cold front makes its approach.

They said in a Facebook post,

We are concerned for the possibility of severe weather, including tornadoes, damaging winds and large hail Wednesday afternoon and evening. The picture will continue to develop over the next day or two, so be sure to closely monitor later forecast updates.

NWS out of Louisville posted the following graphics.

National Weather Service

National Weather Service

National Weather Service

National Weather Service

Daviess County Emergency Management said in a Facebook post, “Please take into consideration the verbiage being used in these slides (destructive, significant, volatile). Anytime they start throwing those words around, it is best to pay attention.”

Be Prepared

If the weather turns dangerous, we will be going wall-to-wall with our weather partners at Eyewitness News. You can listen on any radio or via our app.

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Have an Emergency Kit

Here’s what ready.gov recommends having in a kit.

  • Water (one gallon per person per day for several days, for drinking and sanitation)
  • Food (at least a several-day supply of non-perishable food)
  • 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 travelers checks
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records stored 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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