Officials: Strong tornadoes possible, severe weather expected this afternoon; people urged to find shelter

March 31, 2023 | 3:17 pm

Updated March 31, 2023 | 3:17 pm

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A dangerous outbreak of severe weather is likely this afternoon and tonight, including the possibility of strong, long-track tornadoes. Officials are urging Western Kentuckians to use caution and find a safe shelter. There are at least four local locations that will serve as shelters for those in need.

At this time, the National Weather Service has only issued a Wind Advisory — calling for southwest winds 20-30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph — for Daviess County.

However, NWS Paduch said a severe weather outbreak is likely. An update at 12:47 p.m. showed Daviess County’s risk severe weather as 3 out 5. It showed medium-high risk for tornadoes, hail, and high winds. The risk of flooding is low.

NWS Paducah estimated the storm to hit Daviess County between 4-6 p.m. Officials said there may be more than one round of storms, and storm motions will be “extremely” fast. 

According to the Daviess County Emergency Management Agency, the following locations will serve as tornado shelters tonight beginning at 5 p.m. for those that in need:

  • Living Hope Community Church
    1709 Alexander Ave.
    Enter through the side door and proceed to the basement, NO pets.
  • Owensboro Christian Church
    2818 New Hartford Road
    Enter through door “Q” and proceed into the hallway, NO pets.
  • Daviess County Fiscal Courthouse
    212 St. Anne Street
    All entrances will be open, proceed directly to the basement, NO pets.
  • St. Stephens Cathedral
    610 Locust St.
    Handicap entrance on locust street, General Public back parking lot by the garages on w. 7th, NO pets.

Gov. Andy Beshear has declared a state of emergency ahead of the severe weather threat and said Western Kentuckians should find a safe shelter by 5 p.m. 

“This is the worst forecast I’ve seen as Governor,” he said. “I am declaring a state of emergency so that we can be prepared. We are taking this very seriously and we need you to take this seriously, too. Please be prepared. Let’s do everything possible to keep everyone safe.”

March 31, 2023 | 3:17 pm

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