11:30 PM Update
A line of fast moving thunderstorms with high winds is racing across Southern Ohio and Northern Kentucky. Localized power and communication outages are likely as these storms cross the Ohio Valley and River Cities of Huntington-Ashland-Ironton by 12:30 AM and the Kanawha Valley and southern Coalfields between 1 and 2 AM. Winds will gust to 50-60 miles per hour in spots as these storms pass.
The risk of tornadoes has ended in Kentucky. At this point, just some heavy downpours with gusty winds are expected. Nuisance street flooding as storm culverts overflow and some downed small tree branches from those 30-40 mile per hour gusts can be expected tonight.
7 PM Update
Todd and I have been watching 3D Doppler radar like he is our son. Every move beeing scrutinized like a hawk.
The trends are favorable from a standpoint of tornadoes. The storms on radar are showing a linear presentation which means twisters are not being spun up. Still, the momentum of the storm line is capable of strong wind gusts and hence the likelihood to knock down tree branches.
The bigger problem is the intensity of the rain thru the Bluegrass. Flood warnings are flying from London north to Fleming County and now Adams County Ohio. We are in for a deluge of 1"-1.5" before midnight, so street flooding will be common.
Here We Go Again, Wind Storms Aplenty
For an unusual second time in one week, a rare January tornado threat is taking hold of parts on our region. Officially, until 9 tonight Morgan, Magoffin and Elliott Counties in Kentucky are on the eastern edge on the storm threat.
Heavy thunderstorms with strong winds and hail are rumbling late this Thursday afternoon thru Western and Central Kentucky and those cells should arrive in our region after 8 tonight.
While the risk of tornadoes is always a concentrated one and often passes without incident, it appears much of the region will get a round of street flooding producing downpours this evening. Strong winds are also likely in spots as the storm line passes.
By the way, the official definition of the Tornado Watch as issued by the National Weather Service is for counties in AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH ZONE. Let me translate this. If you live anywhere in Eastern Kentucky and Far Southern Ohio, stay abreast of changing weather conditions in the event the risk area expands east and north.
I will update the risk all evening long with meteorologist Todd Borek.