Severe weather in forecast

Officials at the National Weather Service in Jackson say there is the potential for severe storms and heavy rainfall today and tonight.

A slow moving storm system will emerge from the central plains early this week, bringing periods of showers and thunderstorms to eastern Kentucky. Some of the storms may become severe later today into tonight. Large hail and damaging winds will be the main threat; however, an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out. In addition, any thunderstorm will contain locally heavy rainfall, with isolated flash flooding possible by tonight.

According to the NWS, there is a 15 percent probability of severe weather for all of eastern Kentucky and a 30 percent probability west of I-75.

Weather threats include large hail and damaging winds. Officials say the possibility of an isolated tornado and flash flooding cannot be ruled out.

According to the NWS, the forecast calls for a 70 percent chance of storms this afternoon, increasing to 100 percent tonight.

The forecast calls for a chance of rain each day through Friday.

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