Baton down the hatches!  The Tri-State area has an enhanced risk of severe weather with a possibility of strong tornadoes in Western Kentucky.

There is a chance of thunderstorms all day long and into the evening.  The greatest threat is over Western Kentucky.  The storm could bring with it damaging winds, significant size hail, and tornadoes.

Keep your televisions and radios tuned to our friends at Eyewitness News for the latest up-to-date weather forecast.  WBKR will also be on air to alert you when severe weather is about to hit.

A wind advisory is also in effect starting at 7 p.m. tonight and continuing into early Friday morning.

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According to weather.gov here are some suggestions on how to prepare when there is a risk of severe weather:

  • Be Weather-Ready: Check your local weather station regularly to see if you're at risk for severe weather. Listen to local news or a NOAA Weather Radio to stay informed about severe thunderstorm watches and warnings. Check the Weather-Ready Nation for tips.

  • Sign Up for Notifications: Know how your community sends a warning. Some communities have outdoor sirens. Others depend on media and smartphones to alert residents to severe storms.

  • Create a Communications Plan: Have a family plan that includes an emergency meeting place and related information. Pick a safe room in your home such as a basement, storm cellar or an interior room on the lowest floor with no windows. Get more ideas for a plan at: https://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan

  • Practice Your Plan: Conduct a family severe thunderstorm drill regularly so everyone knows what to do if a damaging wind or large hail is approaching. Make sure all members of your family know to go there when severe thunderstorm warnings are issued. Don't forget pets if time allows.

  • Prepare Your Home : Keep trees and branches trimmed near your house. If you have time before severe weather hits, secure loose objects, close windows and doors, and move any valuable objects inside or under a sturdy structure.

  • Help Your Neighbor: Encourage your loved ones to prepare for severe thunderstorms. Take CPR training so you can help if someone is hurt during severe weather.

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