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Severe storms to diminish by evening

By Leanne Fuller lfuller@paducahsun.com

A warm front is expected to bring thunderstorms and severe weather today, according to the National Weather Service in Paducah.

"A warm front lifts through the area tonight, and I would expect to see some thunderstorms with that," meteorologist Kelly Hooper said Wednesday.

Hooper said there was a chance the storms - brought from the warm front moving in from the west - would begin Wednesday night, but the main threat comes today, particularly in the afternoon, when severe storms are likely.

Hooper said temperatures would begin to rise early this morning, with a high near 70 expected.

Not everyone in the region will experience severe thunderstorms, Hooper said, but one or two tornado spin-ups are possible.

The greatest threat, he said, will be along a line from the Land Between the Lakes area through the Evansville, Ind., tri-state area.

Moving east, the storms are expected to exit the Paducah area and enter the Louisville area in the evening.

After the warm front moves out, a cold front is expected to move into the Paducah area, causing temperatures to drop late in the afternoon.

Hooper said the low tonight is expected to be in the mid 30s. He said a couple of cold fronts will follow that, bringing cooler temperatures to the area.

"Now's the time to have a plan of action for any severe weather," Hooper said, referring to today's stormy forecast. "You want to already have a plan in place before the severe weather hits. Once the warning goes out, it's too late."

Hooper advised that people stay away from wide roof spans, such as auditoriums or movie theaters, and mobile homes during times of severe weather, and to plan ahead to have somewhere else to stay.

"Have a plan; it's that simple," he said.

One resource available when creating a severe weather safety plan is the severe weather page of the Department of Homeland Security's Ready campaign website.

The webpage, http://ready.gov/severe-weather, provides advice on what to do before, during and after a severe weather event, as well as links to information on specific types of severe weather and resources to help create emergency plans.

Contact Leanne Fuller, a Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8653.

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