Large hail, damaging winds, tornadoes and flooding in Lexington and Kentucky: forecast

Large hail, damaging winds, tornadoes and flooding are all possible following severe storms expected to hit Kentucky on Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.

The violent storms are expected to be at their peak between 2 p.m. and 10 p.m. along and north of I-64, the NWS said. The degree of instability or “fuel” of the storms is still unknown, but all major dangers are in play.

Storm projections shown scattered supercell thunderstorms are likely, according to the NWS forecast discussion. A supercell storm is potentially the most dangerous type of convective storm, capable of causing violent tornadoes, downdraft damage, and large hail.

The NWS has already published a Watch the tornado for parts of central Kentucky, including Lexington, for all day Tuesday.

According to the NWS, baseball-sized hail, winds of 80 miles per hour and possibly strong tornadoes are possible. There is a 30-44% chance of hail and wind damage and a 15-29% chance of tornado damage in the central and northern Kentucky area.

Most of Kentucky is in the increased risk zone for the NWS Severe Weather Outlook. Parts of central and northern Kentucky are at moderate risk, indicating a higher risk of experiencing severe weather.

Flooding is also possible, as rainfall is expected to be around 1.5 to 2 inches, according to the NWS. A flood monitoring is in effect for Bourbon, Clark, Fayette, Franklin, Harrison, Henry, Nicholas, Scott, Trimble and Woodford counties until at least this evening.

As of 7 a.m., a dangerous line of severe storms was spotted in western Kentucky, moving east. The NWS said the storm is expected to occur near or along I-65 around 8-8:30 a.m. and with wind speeds of 70 miles per hour…

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