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First week of April brings severe weather in forecast

By Leanne Fuller lfuller@paducahsun.com

Paducah and the surrounding region expects two rounds of severe weather this week with heavy rain, hail, damaging winds and tornadoes possible, a meteorologist said Tuesday.

Paducah National Weather Service meteorologist Michael York said the first round of storms is expected to hit tonight and the second round is expected Thursday night.

York said that between the two weather events the chance of rain is near 100 percent.

Tonight's storms could bring an inch or so of rain, York said, as well as hail, damaging winds and tornadoes.

"There's potential for a few tornadoes Wednesday night," York said, "but the bigger potential is Thursday night."

Following a lull during the day Thursday, York said, storms Thursday night could bring 1 to 2 inches of rain, with the possibility of tornadoes, damaging winds and golf ball-size hail.

The meteorologist said flooding is possible but potential rainfall did not appear large enough to cause it.

York said the storms are expected to affect a wide region that includes Arkansas, Missouri, southern Illinois and west Tennessee, as well as western Kentucky. As the region enters tornado season, York advised that people should always be prepared for severe weather.

"The best thing to do is pay attention to the weather over the next few days," York advised. "And know what to do if a tornado warning is issued or you believe a tornado is imminent."

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

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